Department of Physics
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Seeing the Unseen: Schools event

Date • Time

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 12:30 to 15:30

Venue

University of Surrey

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Discover the hidden wonders of the Universe

Join in with physicists from the University of Surrey celebrating International Dark Matter Day. Discover how cutting edge physics is allowing us to see the unseen in astronomy, quantum technologies, medical physics and much more.

Activities include demonstrations & activities with the researchers, talks, star gazing, arts & crafts and a mobile planetarium.

Stalls

There will be demonstrations & activities visitors can tour around where researchers, and students will be on hand to show demos and talk about the lastest physics developments. These topics will range from quantum physics to medical applications, as well as lots about mysterious Dark Matter.

Talks

There will be a series of 30 minute talks by lecturers in the physics department about their latest research and how it is allowing us to see the unseen. Speakers include among others Professor Jim Al-Khaliki. Plus of course some discussing Dark Matter. Timetable will be avaliable soon.

 

Mobile Planitarium 

There will be a mobile Planitarium visiting from the University of Hertfordshire. This workshop will run three times for different groups of studnets during the afternoon.

Timetable

12.30 -13.15 Planetarium Show 1

13.30 -14.15 Planetarium Show 2

14.30 - 15.15 Planetarium Show 3

Activity Outline

The University of Hertfordshire are bringing thier large inflatable planetraium to this event. This dome is the largest protable dome in the UK and is able to seat 80 people. The planetarium shows will be lead by a leave presenter, Dr Mark Gallaway from the Universiyt of Hertfordshire, who says of the new dome: ‘This new planetarium is a fantastic way for people to learn about the Solar System and beyond. It is much bigger than our current ones and allows us to give shows to much larger audiences.

If you are interested in your school group attedning one of these shows please book places inadvance. 

Dark Matter Day: Schools Workshop for year 7

This workshop will run three times for different groups of studnets during the afternoon.

Timetable

12.30 -13.30 Workshop 1

13.30 -14.30 Workshop 2

14.30 - 15.30 Workshop 3

Activity Outline

  • An introduction (by video) to Dark Matter and to the Boulby Underground Laboratory

  • A hands-on activity, where pupils imagine what dark matter particles could look like and make them

Learning outcomes:

  • Pupils will understand that scientists do not know everything that the Universe is made of, and are searching for part of it called ‘Dark Matter’.

  • Pupils will feel inspired by the idea that scientists are still trying to understand what the Universe is made of, and that there are still big questions to be answered.

  • Pupils will review different properties of materials (magnetic/non-magnetic, weight etc.).

Curriculum links:

  • How science works: how to investigate something if you cannot see it

  • Properties of materials

If you are interested in your school group attedning one of these workshops please book places inadvance. 

Background information on dark matter for teachers:

http://highered.mheducation.com/olcweb/cgi/pluginpop.cgi?it=swf::100%2525::100%2525::/sites/dl/free/0072482621/78778/DarkMatter_Nav.swf::Dark%2520Matter%2520Interactive

https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/9-12/features/what-is-dark-matter.html