Physics: What, Why, How?

Physics: What, Why How?

SEPnet develops new KS3 workshops based on ASPIRES report findings.

Aims:
The workshop will deliver the following messages to key stage 3 students:

  1. Anyone can do physics.
  2. Physics is exciting, relevant & important; it goes beyond the classroom.
  3. Studying physics further broadens career possibilities.

Context:
ASPIRES shows that science capital is key is selection of STEM subjects throughout GCSE and A-Level. By delivering the above messages the workshops aim to maintain and raise the science capital of our target students. For those with medium science capital, these workshops should encourage them to view STEM as a pathway to a potential career, for those with high science capital, they will be encouraged to think specifically about Physics. Ideally the workshops should also include materials for parents.

In particular the workshops should take on the following recommendations from ASPIRES:

  1. Bust the brainy image of physics / physics careers.
  2. Break the science = scientist link.
  3. Help embed STEM careers awareness in science lessons.
  4. Help build science capital with students and families.

What format will the workshops be?
Three workshops ideally delivered one a term across a school year. These will be delivered at Year 8 science lessons to middle and high-tier science sets. No preparation will be required by teachers before delivery of the sessions.

Who will deliver the workshop?
Outreach Officers and experienced Undergraduate Ambassadors. Some of the workshops will require quick thinking which will challenge our more experienced Ambassadors. Ideally the same person would deliver the three workshops across the year.

What will the workshops contain?
At the moment SEPnet is developing the content for the workshops. Details of our current ideas can be found here. These are subject to change, so please contact us for latest details.

When will the workshops be available?
The workshops will be available to pilot and test in June 2017. They will be more widely available by September 2017.

How can my school help?
At the moment SEPnet is looking for input from KS3 & KS4 science teachers to ensure the works bring additional value to the classroom and complementary to the curriculum and their current lesson plans.

SEPnet is also looking for schools to test the workshops across the network at all types of schools.  If you’d like to contribute, please do contact us.