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Cambridge Physics Experience

The Cambridge Physics Experience (CPE) is a one-day event organised by the Cavendish in collaboration with several Cambridge Colleges that succeeds the CCPE programme, which ran for seven years.

CCPE Yr 11 SessionThis one day programme consists of a morning tour of a Cambridge college, followed by information about studying at Cambridge, and advice on Higher Education and applying to Cambridge. This is followed by a physics activity at the Cavendish Laboratory, where students take part in a practical session and are given presentations on curriculum physics as well as exciting research topics.

CPE events have several aims which include increasing participation in physics and changing perceptions and stereotypes of Physics and Cambridge University. Students and teachers that attend the CPE are asked to fill out a Post-Questionnaire in order to assess the success of these aims.

CPE events are thoroughly enjoyed by students and teachers alike. Schools from all over the country have made the trip to Cambridge to take part in the event.

Booking

For these events, preference is given to state-dependent establishments and the number of student places per school is limited (typically 15).

There are several CCPE events run throughout the year with each event tailored for a specific age group, the dates can be found on the booking page.

Travel Bursary

Thanks to a generous legacy, we are able to offer support schools with regards to the cost of travel.

To ensure that this assistance is directed to meet greatest needs, we welcome applications from schools falling into the following two categories:

  1. Up to £200 for travel provided for schools that are in POLAR4 quintiles 1,2, or 3
  2. Up to £500 for any state school that organises a coach for their school + at least one other

Although the usual expectation is that schools will bring 15 students (i.e. a minibus, including staffing), allowing 4 schools to benefit from our capacity of 60 students on any one day, this can be relaxed in instance 2 above.

Dates

Dates

Year

Year Group

15th-19th October 

2018

Year 11: Lenses and Optics

29th Oct—2nd Nov

2018

Year 9: Forces Challenge

19th-23rd November

2018

Year 7/8: Mars Rover Mission

11th-15th February   

2019

Year 12: Evaluating local gravity

25th Feb—1st Mar

2019

Year 12: Evaluating local gravity

18th-22nd March

2019

Year 10/11: Lenses and Optics

29th April—3rd May

2019

Year 7/8: Mars Rover Mission

20th-24th May

2019

Year 9: Forces Challenge

14th-18th October 

2019

Year 11: Lenses and Optics

28th Oct—1st   Nov

2019

Year 9: Forces Challenge

18th-  22nd November

2019

Year 7/8: Mars Rover Mission

10th-14th February

2020

Year 12: Evaluating local gravity

24th —28th February

2020

Year 12: Evaluating local gravity

16th-200h March

2020

Year 10/11: Lenses and Optics

27th April—1st May

2020

Year 7/8: Mars Rover Mission

18th-22nd May

2020

Year 9: Forces Challenge