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Tuesday, 12 March 2013
5 A2 students from Lordswood Boys and Hillcrest came to the Five Ways Physics Factory to complete their AQA ISA. Well done for keeping focused and working hard!
King Edward VI Five Ways, Lordswood Girls, Edgbaston High and Bordesley Green Girls each brought a group of their Year 9 G&T students for a Ogden Trust School Partnership masterclass at the Physics Factory. They experienced forces, using hammers, magnets, a toy helicopter, helium balloons, and the hoverboard and also learnt about heat transfer using ice, copper 'matches', food dye in gas jars, ice-melting and seeing black surface experiments and lots more.
Friday, 8 February 2013
'This week and last week, Al-Hijrah School year 11 girls and boys respectively visited the Physics Factory for a day's master class on Radioactivity. As well as demonstrating the properties of nuclear radiation, the day included modelling Beqerel's discovery, demonstrating random processes using pop corn and 'skittles', modelling ionisation and penetration as radiation travels through matter, modelling half-lives using dice and much more. The final session of the day was dedicated to 'Fun with Physics', involving the hoverboard, invisible test tubes, mixing light, separating white light into its colours and viewing the emission spectra of Hydrogen. One student remarked at the end that they couldn't believe how fast the day had gone and how much they'd learnt.'
Friday, 25 January 2013
Wednesday, 16 January 2013
Saturday, 12 January 2013
Number of students who achieved:
1. A*/A = 64%
2. A*/C = 86%
3. predicted grade or higher = 75%
Thursday, 1 November 2012
As part of a day in Bartley Green School visiting the science department and seeing it at work I spent part of the morning at the Physics Factory at King Edward VI Five Ways School with a group of our Year 11 students. I had demonstrated to me that "Physics is Fun!" as well as being very a very important subject with far reaching implications for understanding our natural world.
I was very impressed with the interest and enthusiasm shown by Bartley Green pupils for physics and the fact that some of them want to apply to King Edward's to study A Level physics.
I am very grateful to King Edward's for providing the opportunity for our pupils to develop an interest in physics
Thursday, 4 October 2012
We are pleased to announce the appointment of 14 new Physics Factory Ambassadors.
Last year's ambassadors made a real difference to the young people, teachers and VIPs using the Physics Factory. They spoke to them about studying Physics and how the Physics Factory benefits pupils who do not otherwise have a Physics specialist teaching them. They also helped non-specialist and specialist teachers alike appreciate practical ideas for making Physics relevant and fun. It was wonderful to watch these young people grow in confidence and knowledge through our ambassador initiative. Our four 2010-2011 ambassadors started university courses this September 2012 in Physics, Aeronautical engineering, Microbiology and Oceanography and we wish them every success.
Our new Ambassadors will be joining in with Physics Factory classes shortly - describing what A-level physics is like, why students may want to opt for it, encouraging more girls to continue with Physics beyond GCSE, as well as helping pupils with experiments and explaining aspects of Physics. If last year is anything to go by, their close hands-on help will really make a difference both to some of our students and practising teachers.
Saturday, 22 September 2012
Monday, 3 September 2012
Excellent day, really inspirational! Ross Slater.
16 delegates (87% of delegates said the course was very good)
8 delegates - 100% of the delegates said the course was very good.