In addition to supporting teachers, the Stimulating Physics Network also provides support direct to pupils through the programmes below.
Schools and Colleges Lecture Tour
The Schools and Colleges Lecture is presented annually around the UK by a series of acclaimed physics communicators. This free presentation takes the form of an illustrated lecture, designed to show pupils contemporary developments in physics in an engaging and stimulating way. The 2013 lecture, entitled “Defying Gravity: Make physics your launchpad,” is currently touring venues around Britain. It is presented by Laura Thomas, Science Communicator and ESERO Space Ambassador. Dates and venues can be found on the IOP website.
Physics in Perspective
Physics in Perspective is a three-day conference for pupils, featuring dynamic presentations from six accomplished scientists and science communicators. Aimed at sixth-formers and college students, the event offers insights into many different aspects of modern physical science. The speakers are chosen for their ability to make physics come alive, to illustrate its impact on our lives and to explore its potential to shape the future world with engineering and technology. For more information, please visit the IOP website.
Physics.org provides young people with a starting point for exploring physics on the web, bringing together content produced by the IOP and the best online material found elsewhere.
The Explore section allows users to search a database of refereed websites for information about a specific topic, while the Discover page features a selection of the latest games, videos, podcasts and blogs. Secondary students can find advice and inspiration in the Study and Careers sections.
The site also provides information about the IOP’s outreach activities.
IOP 16–19 Membership
Free IOP membership is available to all physics students aged 16–19 on a recognised post-16 physics course. For more information, please visit the IOP website.
Exoplanet Physics Project
This project is available to classes of Year 9 students in Partner Schools, designed to engage, stimulate and enhance physics learning. The project provides links to enthusiastic and positive role models by matching each class with an AS or A2 level physics Advisor. Advisors will be available to talk to students and support them throughout the project via a secure blogging platform and will encourage positive engagement in a series of activities over 8 weeks. Teams will enter a competition and could win iTunes vouchers and a Sony Bloggie Camcorder for the class! For more information, please visit our Exoplanet Physics Project page.