World of Physics case study

25 February 2011

Since 1994, the Yorkshire Branch has been organizing the World of Physics - a hands-on Physics event for year 10 schoolchildren in the Yorkshire and Humber region held every June, and which rotates between the Universities of Hull, Leeds, Sheffield and York.

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Dr David Jenkins, chair of the Yorkshire Branch is writing up a case study of World of Physics for the HESTEM programme which can be used by other organisations like IOP branches and Universities as a template for their own such event. 

In writing up these reflections, Dr Jenkins is keenly aware of the fact that over 3000 schoolchildren have passed through this event and that by now a good fraction of these could be in higher education, research or other careers. 

He would like to hear from anyone who participated in this event either as schoolchildren or accompanying teachers. He would be interested to hear whether pupils went on to take A2/AS level Physics and if this influence their degree course or choice of career. 

For example, some former pupils could even be in PhD programmes or in research by this stage.

Dr Jenkins would like to hear from teachers who have brought pupils to this event and who feel that it has positively influenced their take-up of A2/AS level programmes at their school. 

He would also be interested in specific outcomes and anecdotes where pupils have gone on to study Physics or related subjects at degree level. Any other memories or reflections on this event would be very welcome. 

David Jenkins can be contacted at: david.jenkins@york.ac.uk