Physics taster session

This taster session gives you an insight into studying Physics at university.


Handheld Physics: Using your smartphone to measure magnetic fields in your own home

A free virtual taster session for Y13 students studying A Level Physics and Mathematics and an interest in studying Physics at University.

Please note this is a repeat session of the events ran between April and June. You are welcome to attend again, however, please be aware the content of the session will be the same. 

When: Wednesday 28 October 2020, 12:30pm - 3:45pm

Places available: 50

Age group: Year 12, Year 13, A Level, BTEC

Book your place hereThe following Taster session is aimed at any Y13 pupils who have not yet submitted their UCAS form, and are therefore not holding any offers with the University of Sheffield. Any pupils who are offer holders and book onto a taster session will instead be invited to join us for our Virtual Applicant days from December - April.

Did you know that performing experimental science is possible from the comfort of your own home? During an interactive session, our dedicated teaching staff will be on hand to guide you through experiments to measure and study different sources of magnetic fields – all you need is curiosity and a smartphone! After a quick break, Dr Jenny Clark will then explore the physics of photosynthesis with you in a mini-lecture. Then to finish off the session, there will be a chance for you to find out more about being a physics student at the University of Sheffield, as you take part in a Q&A. You will have the chance to talk to some of our current undergraduate students, a member of our admissions team, and a careers expert, who will all be on hand to answer any queries you might have about studying physics at university. You will be sent a lab script in advance of the session. Please take some time to look through this and prepare, as this will provide you with a true experience of taking part in an undergraduate laboratory at the University of Sheffield. You are welcome to start, or indeed complete, the experimental work before the session begins, with the idea that you will contribute to a discussion of your findings on the day. Academic support will be readily available during the scheduled session for any questions you may have. 



Time Activity
12:30pm Log in & get comfortable
12:45pm Welcome and introductions 

Your home can be a lab: an interactive practical session 

2:15pm Comfort break

Mini-lecture: "The physics of photosynthesis"

3:00pm 'Being a physics student' – Q&A
3:30pm Closing remarks

We look forward to meeting you!

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