Both staff and students from the Department of Physics...
...collaborate as part of a continuing effort to engage with communities outside of purely academic pursuits.
Whether this involves other academic institutions or organizations, local schools or regional events, the department of Physics endeavours to present the university proudly. You'll find various examples of departmental outreach below.
Members of the department frequently interact with local schools, hoping to both entertain and inform local schools and colleges with visits based on a variety of topics.
The Physics department offers the following talks which are sure to interest and engage your students.
What can you do with a degree in Physics?
Mars in virtual 3D (VR headsets)
From Aberystwyth to Space
Using Robots to Explore Other Planets
Why Doesn’t Ice Sink?
Members of the department also run the Aberystwyth Robotics Club, supported by the Infinity Exhibition and Technocamps, it's an after school club hosted by Aberystwyth University. For more info, visit their webpage.
The Aberystwyth University Physics Museum houses many historic pieces of laboratory equipment that was previously used by students as far back as late 19th century, with some pieces dating back even further. The collection includes what is possibly the worlds longest running experiment, the Pitch Drop Experiment, started by G. T. R. Evans on April 23rd, 1914. A selection of the museum pieces is on display in the foyer of the Physical Sciences building. A full list of the collection can be found Physics Museum.
Trio Sci Cymru
Aberystwyth Physics department are pleased to be a delivery partner in the Trio Sci Cymru project. Trio Sci Cymru has designed a series of workshops that highlight the latest space science to get young people of all abilities developing their scientific skills to explore other worlds. In the workshops, students will design a model mission to Mars, plan a day in the life of an exploratory rover and discover how rockets travel through space and land on a distant planet. Over the next few years, real world scientific missions will investigate the Sun, Mars and search for planets around other stars. Our sessions will help place these other worldly activities into the context of the school science curriculum, stimulating students in a fun and engaging environment.