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  • P HYSICS O UTREACH G ROUP Dr Lynn Moran Presenters: Jennie Bullock & David Miller
  • What is the Physics Outreach Group?
    • Background (Set up to encourage students to be more interested in science and physics in particular)
    • Aims
    • Method – How it is run
    • What we do
    • Benefits/Difficulties for
      • Department
      • Schools
      • Students
  • What is the Physics Outreach Group?
    • Group of students & graduates
    • Supported by 1 academic
    • Design & develop workshops & presentations
    • Deliver these in schools & on campus
  • Background
    • BSc projects in schools
    • Requests from schools for follow-up activities
    • Requests from Educational Opportunities
    • Golden Handshake for new Physics Teachers
  • How we got started?
    • Before 2009
    • Recruit volunteers on an ad-hoc basis
    • Summer 2009
    • Regular group of volunteers emerges
    • New Academic Year
    • Group set up
      • Posters & e-mail
  • Aims
    • Quality outreach to schools
    • Skills development for students
    • Develop a resource for the department
      • Experienced students
      • Tested materials & workshops
    • Long-term: to increase the uptake of Physics
  • Weekly Activities
    • Meet twice weekly usually lunch time
      • Discuss new ideas & plans
      • Create new workshops
      • Participate in communications workshops
      • Practice in front of an audience
    • Non-credit bearing
  • What We Do – On Campus
    • Educational Opportunities
    • - Taster sessions
    • - Science Olympics
    • AS-level taster days/work exp/Nuffield students
    • Science Week events in conjunction with the SchoolsLab in the Chemistry Department
  • What We Do – In Schools
    • Yr7-10: Photons in the Classroom
    • AS-level:
    • Festivals:
    The Electromagnetic Spectrum National Schools Observatory What can you do with a Physics Degree? Why Science?
  • Design & Development
    • Principles of good practice
    • Findings from commissioned research
      • Science is boring
      • Science is difficult
      • Science is irrelevant in their lives
      • No jobs in physics
      • What is Physics?
  • Tackling the Issues
    • Science is stimulating & fun
    • (props & interactivity)
    • Science is challenging & important
    • (new technologies & improving the quality of life)
    • Science is all around in every part of their lives
    • There is a huge variety of jobs available to those with a degree in physics
  • Tackling the Image
    • Pairs of students
    • Build a relationship over 3 visits
    • Each design a section of the workshop
    • Slick design of slides
    • Good quality props
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  • Example (Displays - 3D)
  • Example (Displays - 3D)
  • Evaluation of 3D
    • Theory of 3D images was well received
  • Schools
    • Target schools with low record of university attendance
    • Grammar & independent schools tend to approach us
    October 2009 – June 2010: Workshop Astro EM Spectrum Science is Cool AS-level Number of Classes 20 7 15 9 Visits Per Class 3 3 1 1 Average Class Size 30 25 30 15 Total Students 600 175 450 133
  • Evaluation
    • A-level: Increased number of students continuing from AS physics to A2 from 68% to 80%
    • 97% of evaluation forms from Electromagnetic Spectrum Workshop gave positive feedback
    “ Most interesting physics lesson ever. Brilliant!” “ Really enjoyed the session, changed my view on Physics” “ It was made fun and enjoyable. Physics is a fun thing to me now” “ It showed us how exciting physics can be” “ We couldn’t live without physics!”
  • Benefits to the Department
    • Can offer a range of outreach activities
    • Can agree to more requests for University visits
    • Potential recruitment – some evidence
    • Resource
  • Benefits to the Schools
    • Trained students can visit the classes more than once
    • Students are closer in age, particularly relevant for GCSE & AS-level students
    • Teachers better prepared to use National Schools Observatory software
    • More on offer both on and off campus
    • Resources available online
  • Benefits to the Students
    • Increased confidence
    • Experience (for CV/PGCE application)
    • Opportunity to see if they would enjoy teaching
    • More enthusiasm for subject
    • Difficulty: time pressure on students
  • Member & Graduates
    • Final year students
    • 2 first choice of PhD place
    • 5 first choice of PGCE place
    • Graduates:
    • 2 first choice PGCE place
    Members Total Male Female Int Yr 1 2 1 1 1 Yr 2 5 3 2 1 Yr 3 5 3 2 1 Yr 3 (of 4) 1 0 1 Yr 4 2 1 1 Graduates 3 2 1
    • Dr Lynn Moran nominated by students and received:
    • Careers and Employability Award: ‘Outstanding Contribution to Employability’
  • Future Plans
    • Revision Residential (Easter)
    • Master Classes (Summer)
    • Ogden Trust sponsored residential
    • Ogden Trust Science Officer for Physics & Chemistry (Dr Shane Lo Fan)
    • SchoolsLab in Chemistry (Dr Helen Aspinall)
    • Science Enhancement Programme
  • Activity Group
    • New Activity Group recognised by the Guild of Students
    • Freshers’ Week events in the Department along with PhySoc and AstroSoc/Freshers Fair
    • Bid for funding for science communications events/social events
  • The Physics Outreach Group are: