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Durham University

Science Outreach and Engagement

Digital Physics

Digital Physics posed some tricky questions for Year 8 students at St Bede’s School in Lanchester in Summer Term 2014. These challenging questions had to be investigated using the internet, research papers, newspapers and via Skype calls to Durham University academics. The students were in control of the investigations and their teachers couldn’t provide them with any answers.

Durham Postgraduate student, Chris Watson, then set them the challenge of communicating their findings by writing and developing a Scratch computer programme. The students came up with some amazing results.

The process enabled teachers to assess the students’ understanding of the science through their ability to communicate it. The results were impressive with a range of understandings and some complex factors displayed. In addition, the computer programming skills demonstrated were more complicated than those previously taught.

Many thanks to all those involved, particularly the St Bede’s teachers and students.

For more information, contact Lorraine whose details can be found on the right hand side of the page.

For more information please contact:

Dr. Lorraine Coghill
Tel: +44 (0) 191 33 42288
Email: l.s.coghill@durham.ac.uk