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Durham University

Higgs to Hubble

Talks and Masterclasses

We offer a range of free school talks for GCSE and A level students. Topics include: 'What Are We Made Of?', 'A Rough Guide to the Universe', 'Mined Over Dark Matter', 'The Life and Death of Stars', 'The Dark Side of the Universe', 'Other Worlds: The Search for Extrasolar Planets', 'Einstein, Einstein Give us a Wave!' and 'A Tunnel to the Beginning of Time: The LHC and the Higgs Boson'. Talks can be based on the Key Stage 3,4 and 5 requirements of the National Curriculum or be more general in nature to enrich curriculum content. If you would like to discuss any particular requirements, or arrange a talk in your school, please get in touch.

In recent years the IPPP have established an annual masterclass for local schoolchildren, where sixth formers and their teachers receive instruction in the basic aspects of particle physics and have the opportunity to extract and analyse real experimental data.

We also provide activities as part of the schemes and summer schools that Durham University provide for secondary school pupils, including the Supported Progression Programme and the Sutton Trust Summer School.

Teaching Resources

A key aim of this programme is to produce teaching resources specifically aimed at KS3/4 children and their teachers. A series of classroom posters have been produced, together with a CD-ROM, entitled ‘Radioactivity to Redshift'. Over nine hundred copies have been distributed to schools around the UK. Pete Edwards also contributed to the 'Teaching Astronomy and Space' DVD produced by the Institute of Physics (IoP). Take a look at 'How Big is the Universe?', which also features on the Guardian YouTube channel, and 'The Expanding Universe and the Big Bang'.

Pete Edwards has also been nominated as a TED-Ed Educator. He worked with those nice people at TED to create a TED-Ed Original lesson. 'What light can teach us about the universe' can be viewed on the TED-Ed website or YouTube Channel.

In July 2005 Pete Edwards was chosen to deliver the 2006 IoP Schools' and Colleges’ Lecture nationwide. His talk ‘Gravity, Gas and Stardust’ was delivered at 46 venues in cities around the UK to an audience of over 12,000 14-16 year old schoolchildren. The lecture can be viewed on the IoP YouTube Channel.

Useful Links

Lots of great ideas and information for both teachers and pupils can be found by checking out the links on the right hand side of the page.