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GCSE Physics enhancement workshops

Schools can contact us to arrange in-school workshops which are suitable for year 10/11. Each workshop normally lasts 1- 2 hours and can be tailored to fit into a timetabled class slot. Choose from:

Radical radioactivity

This workshop allows students to investigate radioactivity for themselves. We use naturally occurring radioactive rocks and Geiger counters to explore the shielding effect of materials on types of radioactive emission. Half-life is modelled using dice to show the effect of probability of decay and the students use a graph to determine half life. Other topics include the discovery, uses and dangers of radioactivity.

Rollercoaster physics

In this workshop, students work in teams to build their own roller coaster out of K’NEX. Once built, they use the roller coaster to explore forces and motion in a practical and fun way. Concepts covered include energy transfers, speed vs. velocity and experimental technique.

Investigating Spectra (with CD spectroscopes)

Students will learn about the difference between absorption and emission spectra and how these can be used to identify different elements. They will then try and identify elements in different lamps using the spectra. They will also get the chance to build a simple spectroscope to take away with them.

A Walk through the Electromagnetic Spectrum 

In this session, students will look at the different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum and what their uses are in medicine, communications and more. The students will get the chance to use infra red cameras, light beam communicators and UV pens.

Medical Physics

Students will investigate different methods of medical imaging, including X-ray, PET and ultrasound through various hands on experiments. The workshop also covers other diagnostic and treatment techniques such as radiotherapy. The workshop has some overlap with the electromagnetic spectrum workshop.

An Introduction to Electricity and Circuits

This workshop covers series and parallel circuits as well as a range of different components. Students take part in an interactive demonstration to better understand voltage and current in circuit before getting the chance to build their own circuits.


Our Physics outreach officer is Dave Farmer. Dave graduated from the University of Nottingham with an MSci in Physics in 2011 and undertook a PhD in Soft Matter Physics. He is currently in the process of writing up his thesis.

If you would like to book one of our events or if you would just like to know a little more about what we do, please get in touch.

Contact details:

Tel: 01784 27 6465

Email:  david.farmer@rhul.ac.uk


Department of Physics,
Royal Holloway, University of London
Egham, Surrey
TW20 0EX


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