Our A Level Physics students attended the Physics in Action event run by Education in Action.
The students took part in talks from dynamic scientists, engineers and educationalists. In addition, they had the opportunity to listen to the sounds of the inside of the sun, hear talks on accidental discoveries of materials, how controlling crowds can be modelled on smoke dynamics and received an introduction to quantum computing.
“It was a showcase of the diversity in modern STEM careers and the range of future adventures available to all our students; opening our eyes to how what we learn in College really can take you to extra-ordinary places….even the stars.”
The group finished the day with the engineering star of Channel 4’s Bake Off Andrew Smyth, explaining how the principles of ‘Bakineering’ can be used to bring spacecraft safely back to Earth, from giant unfolding inflated heat shields to the scientific delights of a Baked Alaska pudding.
Amelia Taylor, studying A Levels in Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics at Barnsley Sixth Form College, said: “I found the event really informative and it brought to light areas of physics I hadn’t really considered before.”
Jay Webster, an A Levels in Mathematics, Physics and Spanish student, added: “Overall I enjoyed the day and found it to be quite intriguing. There were quite a few different concepts that I hadn’t yet been too familiar with and the event helped boost the way I think about physics as a whole. Rather than just being aware of the on-paper concepts, I now have a much larger insight as to how they apply in the real world and the potential career paths it can offer.”
Jonathan Ison, an A Level Physics Teacher at Barnsley Sixth Form College, commented: “It was a showcase of the diversity in modern STEM careers and the range of future adventures available to all our students; opening our eyes to how what we learn in College really can take you to extra-ordinary places….even the stars.”