University of Bath

Physics outreach opportunities for schools

Find out how your school can access our teaching resources, and let's work together to communicate the excitement of physics to children. 

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We offer stimulating science workshops in schools in and around Bath.

Workshops for primary schools

Science workshops on light (KS2-3)

Together with a humanoid robot and a team of PhD students, physicist Dr Ventsislav Valev hosts stimulating science workshops on campus to help primary school teachers inspire their class.

Called 'I could be a scientist!', this literally enlightening session is aimed at pupils in year 6, though all activities are also fun and accessible for year 5s. Children will:

  • construct a laser setup to build and play a 'light piano'
  • grow a crystal structure
  • design new materials
  • examine light under a microscope

These workshops are kindly supported by the Royal Society and the Science and Technology Facilities Council. If your school would like to arrange one please visit I could be a scientist! for more information or contact Dr Ventsislav Valev.

These workshops can be brought to your school or you can come to our campus, where children will also enjoy a guided tour of our laboratory.

Our Place in the Universe (KS1-2)

Space is big. Really big. This two-hour workshop helps students understand just how mind-bogglingly big space is, and how we explore it. Children enjoy a variety of hands-on and craft-based activities.

The World of Particles (KS2)

This two-hour workshop introduces particle physics to primary school students, allowing them to get a head start in this exciting branch of science.

Workshops for secondary schools

Connect Physics (KS3)

A series of three one-hour workshops show year 7+ students that:

  • anyone can do physics
  • physics is exciting, relevant and important, and goes beyond the classroom
  • studying physics broadens their career possibilities

Our Place in the Universe (KS3)

Space is big. Really big. This two-hour workshop aims to help students understand just how mind-bogglingly big space is, how we explore it, and how much we still don’t know.

The World of Particles (KS3)

This two-hour workshop introduces students the fundamental building blocks of all matter, shows them what happens in particle accelerators like CERN and explores how we use scientific models.

Isaac Physics (KS4-5)

We work with Isaac Physics to support KS4/5 physics students with problem-solving skills. We can offer one-off problem-solving workshops or longer term projects. Please get in touch for more information.

workshop at a school
We can offer one-off problem-solving workshops or longer term projects.

To find out more please email Nerys Shah at n.e.shah@bath.ac.uk