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Cambridge Physics Experience

**COVID-19 CANCELLATIONS** In line with the Admission Office's guidance, we are not planning to run any large-scale in-person outreach events between now and 31 December 2020 and will instead be moving to an online, remote model instead.

CPE Online

In line with the social distancing measures in place due to COVID-19, CPE will be online for the foreseeable future.  We hope to return to in-person events when it is safe to do so, and will update those who have made bookings if this occurs.  In the meantime, we aim to replicate as much of the face-to-face experience as possible with the following programme:

  • An online tour of a Cambridge college, information about studying at Cambridge, and advice on Higher Education, including the Cambridge application process. This will be accessible online the week before and throughout the CPE week.
  • A practical session, in which students apply curriculum science to novel exercises, to be completed before the Q&A session whenever time is available. This will use commonly available resources and the Outreach team will be on hand to offer any help required.
  • A demonstration and an optional live Q&A with the Outreach team, bookable a week before the event. This Q&A will take place on the day that you book, at a time you choose between 10:00 and 16:00.

Bookings are for a group of students, this can be any size or as many as you feel can meaningfully interact with the live Q&A.

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.

Previous Events

CCPE Yr 11 Session

This 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 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

Preference is given to state-dependent establishments.

  • For the online events, bookings are for a group of students, this can be any size or as many as you feel can meaningfully interact with the live Q&A.
  • For the in-person events, the number of student places per school is limited (typically 15).

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

Bursaries 

For our in person events, bursaries are available to help cover travel and teacher cover costs.  Please see the School Physics Bursaries page for more information.

Dates

Dates

Year

Year Group

19th - 23rd October

2020

Year 11: Lenses and Optics

9th Nov - 13th Nov

2020

Year 9: Forces Challenge

23rd - 27th November

2020

Year 7/8: Mars Rover Mission

8th - 12th February

2021

Year 12: Evaluating local gravity

22nd - 26th February

2021

Year 12: Evaluating local gravity

15th - 19th March

2021

Year 10/11: Lenses and Optics

26th - 30th April

2021

Year 7/8: Mars Rover Mission

10th - 14th May

2021

Year 9: Forces Challenge