The Sixth Form Physicists have been out and about this week. On Tuesday evening they attended an Institute of Physics lecture at Birmingham University. The lecture was given by Melanie Windridge a Plasma Fusion Scientist and Business Development manager for the fusion start up company Tokamak. She has just written a book about the Northern Lights and her lecture was about her research journeys to discover the Aurore Borealis.
“Completely inspiring – it opened my eyes to a whole new world of plasma physics. I became particularly interested in the explanations of coronal mass ejections, the main cause of these beautiful light shows. I am thoroughly enjoying reading her book – I cannot put it down.“ Fran Pearson
On Friday the girls went to the Birmingham Repertory Theatre for “Science A level Live!” – a day of lectures from real scientists working at the forefront of their particular field.
“Science Live! helped to show me the range and variety of Physics. I especially enjoyed listening to Helen Czerski who spoke about the physics in Oceanography. This drew insights from physical geography and ecology as well. I have found listening to these two inspiring women who have excelled in their chosen fields truly empowering.“ Naimh Round
“Professor Jim Al-Khalili made an enlightening link between quantum physics and philosophy which made everyone in the theatre question their own significance and how relevant any decisions we make predetermine our future. The examiner session gave me some great ideas about how to use quizzes to help with active learning.“ Ravneet Virdee