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A three-day event that aims to stimulate interest and encourage wider participation in physics amongst 14- to 16-year-olds by showcasing the many and varied ways in which physics is used in the wider world.

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Physics at Work 2015

This year the Cavendish will host the 31st annual Physics at Work Exhibition in Cambridge.

2015 DATES: 22nd, 23rd & 24th September

Booking for the 2015 dates is closed.

2016 DATES: 21st, 22nd & 23rd September

The primary aim of the exhibition is to stimulate interest and encourage wider participation in physics amongst 14-16 year olds by showcasing the many and varied ways in which physics is used in the everyday world. This event is open to all schools and is free.

The exhibition is run in a similar way each year, based upon interaction between active scientific researchers and potential scientists. This will help to spread the excitement of modern physics research to students who will soon be making career and examination choices, and is a vital component in encouraging the next generation of scientists.

The Physics at Work Exhibition runs over three days, with two sessions on each day. This event is centred around approximately 25 exhibitors, and is held at the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge. Some of the exhibitors are from Research Groups within the Cavendish Laboratory and the others are from industry, including companies such as Rolls-Royce Plc., Domino Printing Services and The Technology Partnership.

Each half-day session has a capacity for about 450 students. The students are split into small groups of around 15 and are accompanied by a teacher as they follow a route defined by the organisers. Each small group, with its teacher, visits six exhibits over a period of about three hours, including a short break halfway through. Each exhibit usually consists of a short presentation, practical demonstrations, an opportunity for hands-on involvement and time for asking questions. A booklet of information is provided to support the exhibition, allowing teachers to bring ideas back into their lessons later in the year. This structured approach has developed over time and allows the students to engage thoroughly with the science on display.

The Physics at Work Exhibition is an integral part of the Cavendish Laboratory's Aspiration Raising activities, funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.