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?
We have a variety of resources available for teachers, students and parents/guardians online in the Outreach Hub. These materials, aimed at a variety of age-groups, include home experiments, worksheets, projects, challenges, research topics, webinars, puzzles, lesson materials and more.
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.
During the 2019/20 school year we will be presenting three new exciting Physics workshops, Energy, Motion and Forces in Space, Land on Mars and Surviving in Space. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 01970 622439 for further information.
RAS200 Sky & Earth
RAS200 (RAS200 - Sky & Earth)
In a unique initiative the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) has set up an Outreach and Engagement Fund to introduce Astronomy and Geophysics to audiences that are outside the traditional scientific outreach areas. RAS200 Sky and Earth is an ambitious programme to celebrate the Bicentenary of the Astronomical Society in 2020, with the RAS having earmarked a million pounds for a series of projects. The aim of the society is to embed and provide a legacy of astronomy and geophysics in the wider society.
RAS200 in Wales (RAS200 – Seryddiaeth a Geoffiseg)
This project is based on a collaboration between the National Eisteddfod of Wales, the Urdd Eisteddfod, scientists with expertise in Astronomy and Geophysics and experts in science communication.
It is a project that covers several organisations. Central to the project are the National Eisteddfod and the Urdd Eisteddfod along with Aberystwyth University, Swansea University, Cardiff University, University of Bristol, University College London (Mullard Space Science Laboratory), Ysgol Glan Clwyd, the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, and Telesgop. The project aims to introduce science to the wider society through arts activities. It extends from geomorphology on the Earth's surface, through our electrical atmosphere and the Earth's magnetic field, to the inter-planetary space, to the Sun, planets, comets and beyond to the stars and galaxies.