Festival of Physics
We are very excited to be making our return to Plymouth to bring you another day of talks and workshops. The general talk admission tickets gain you entry to all the talks and the lunchtime activities- if you'd like to attend one of the workshops you must register for them individually and separately. If the workshop you'd like to attend is sold out, please email Miranda Addey on firstname.lastname@example.org to be put on the waiting list.
10.00am Strange New worlds: Planets beyond our solar system
Elisabeth Matthews, University of Exeter
11:30am What is Light? Wave-particle duality and some disturbing consequences
Professor Roy Sambles, University of Exeter
14:00 Talking Balls: the Physics of Sports Projectiles
Colin White, University of Portsmouth
15:15 Einstein's Revolutionary ideas in 1905
Dr Peter Ford and Dr Vincent Smith, University of Bath and University of Bristol
10:15 and 14:15 Dark Matter planetarium show "Phantom of the universe". From the journey of protons racing through the world?s largest particle collider in Europe to up-close views of the Big Bang and emergent universe, and the nearly mile-deep descent to an underground experiment in South Dakota, a new planetarium show is designed to immerse audiences in the manifold search for dark matter. Presented by Dr Craig McNeile. Suitable for age 12+.
11:30 and 15.15 "Is a grape magnetic?" Magnetism is an effect so mysterious that it can often appear magical. Join students and staff from Badminton School to explore four different types of magnetism in an interactive workshop where you will be able to see first-hand some strange behaviours in common materials when they are placed into a strong magnetic field. Suitable for ages 12+
10.00 "Sparking the imagination" A sparkling demonstration of the power of static electricity. A variety of activities using static electricity to make you think and develop ideas, presented by SEA Dream Educatioin. Suitable for ages 10-14.
15.15 "Bridge that gap" Newspaper bridge construction with just one rock but lots of roll. In teams of about 7-10, design and construct a bridge over a 1.2m gap. The bridge will need to carry a cardboard roadway and allow a battery powered to safety cross over the bridge. Presented by Wonder Workshops. Suitable for ages 10-14.
Please register for a ticket for the general day, which includes all the talks, and for the workshops individually. If you no longer want to attend the workshop you've registered for please cancel the ticket. If you have registered for a workshop you will need to sign in on the day at 9.30am to confirm your spot - otherwise we will give the space away. If this is is a problem or you don't think you will be there please email MIranda Addey on email@example.com If you haven't managed to secure a place on the workshop you want please come to the registration desk at 9.45am for the morning workshops or over lunchtime for the afternoon workshops.
Tea and coffee will be provided in the morning break. There is parking on campus and in local car parks, plenty of buses, and it is close to the train station. For lunch there are cafes in the building, on campus, and close by, as well as supermarkets, or you're welcome to bring a packed lunch. There will also be stands in the downstairs exhibition area for everyone to have a go at an activity.
There are small, limited travel grants available for schools in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset, who'd like to bring groups. Please email Vince Smith on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, or if you had any other questions.
This event is free and open to anyone, although we would recommend the talks to over 12s.
Please do spread the word - previous festivals have been very popular and we'd love to encourage even more people to come along and experience something new.