I work within Physics on a widening participation project that looks at teaching astrophysics to students across the primary-secondary transition. This project brings current physics research to the classroom encompassing in-class demos, visits from scientists, and trips for the schools to the University to explore the facilities. The work is carefully tied with concepts in the National Curriculum to show students that they have the capability to understand processes behind cutting-edge discoveries.
The first sessions will get students to understand how scientists discover planets around distant stars - exoplanets - by looking at how the light from the star changes over time. Using demos, data, and an indoor inflatable planetarium, students will be able to interpret data for themselves, just as researchers do.
I received my PhD in physics from the University of Bristol before training and working as a secondary school science teacher in Warwickshire.