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St Mary’s students talk physics

Friday 28 February 2014

In February, BSc Applied Physics students from St Mary's University visited the College to run hands-on experiment workshops with first year BTEC science students.

The visit began with an introductory talk on studying the Applied Physics degree from SMU physics lecturer, Dr Elisabetta Canetta, who also detailed the course's strong collaboration with the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in Teddington.

Five 'experiment stations' on wireless power, Helmholtz Coils, observing LED spectra, Young's modulus and speed of sound were then set up, with the BTEC students spending twenty minutes at each. The visit finished with an informal Q&A session.

Caitlin Archibald-Yetman was one of the BTEC students to take part in the sessions. "The experiments were all really good fun and it was great to have the St Mary's students there to demonstrate as well as answer our questions on university life," she said. "It really opened my eyes to the opportunities a career in physics can offer and gave me a fascinating insight in to the NPL too."

The College is now planning further collaborations with St Mary's University and the NPL in the future.

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