Phenomenal Physics

7 Nov 2014 - 12:15
Welcome address to pupils by Professor Andy Buffler

Hundreds of Grade 11 Physical Science students from a wide variety of local schools were entertained, amazed, challenged and amused for three hours by a witty and engaging team of Physics staff, who kept them oohing and aahing and laughing at the annual Phenomenal Physics demonstration.   

Objects (and occasionally the pupils themselves!) were made to swing sing, rotate, inflate, jump, bump, chill and sit still; glow, flow, stop and drop.  And then there were things that balanced, disappeared, floated on air, burst into flame or even took off over the roof outside.  Careful thought went into each presentation and the learners were encouraged to participate by predicting outcomes and explaining unexpected results.

Feedback from teachers (many of whom have been bringing their pupils to this event for many years), parents and pupils was that this was an exceptionally inspiring event.  And hopefully it will aspire some future physicists to great heights...