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Physics at Work 2021

This year the Cavendish will host the 37th annual Physics at Work Exhibition online.

2021 dates: Tuesday 14th to Thursday 16th September, 10:00-12:00 and 13:00-15:00

Physics at Work aims to show the variety of careers to which study in Physics can lead and the range of practical problems that physics can be used to solve.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this year's Physics at Work will take place online.  Live sessions with our exhibitors will be hosted on Zoom from 10:00-12:00 and 13:00-15:00 on each of the three days.  

Building from the success of last year, we will be hosting a live event in which school groups join a Zoom meeting and attend four exhibits over a two-hour period. Exhibits will consist of a 20-minute demonstration followed by a short Q&A with the exhibitors. The morning and afternoon sessions will have four breakout rooms, each with a DBS-checked student “Cambassador” to moderate and up to 10 school groups. Each ticket is for a school group, which we recommend as being around 20 students accompanied by a teacher.

Places can be booked here.

Please contact us with any questions.

Event Timetable

Visit the Exhibitor Guide here or click the links below to visit the exhibitors' websites.

 

Morning Session (10:00-12:00)

Afternoon Session (13:00-15:00)

Tuesday 14th

Isaac Physics
Medical Mavericks
Royal Navy STEM
TWI

MathWorks
Optoelectronics Research Group
TWI
Theoretical Condensed Matter Research Group

Wednesday 15th

Centre for Doctoral Training in Nuclear Energy Futures
Dept. of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology
Nanophotonics Research Group
Theoretical Condensed Matter Research Group 

British Antarctic Survey
MathWorks
Theoretical Condensed Matter Research Group

Thursday 16th

Centre for Doctoral Training in Nuclear Energy Futures
Isaac Physics
Nanophotonics Research Group
Royal Navy STEM
AWE
Medical Mavericks
Nanophotonics Research Group
Optoelectronics Research Group

 

We are indebted to our exhibitors for the time and effort they generously donate to make Physics at Work a success each year.

 

 


 

Physics at Work - Previous Events

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 (there is a £1 per student refundable deposit).

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 typically 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.

Bursaries 

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

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 £300 for travel provided for schools that are in POLAR4 quintiles 1,2, or 3
  2. Up to £750 for any state school that organises a coach for their school + at least one other
  3. Lesson cover up to £300 for schools in quintiles 1 or 2 in the POLAR4 survey.

If you are unsure which quintile your school is in, the Office for Students has a tool for looking this up located here.  Please get in touch if you have any questions about these bursaries.