The Cambridge University visit started at the Gonville & Caius campus. We arrived at 10:00 am and after a short tea, coffee and biscuits break we were shown into a lecture theatre. Becky, one of the outreach staff then provided us with an insight into the structure of the University system at Cambridge and the admissions procedures. This talk provided a great insight into the day to day life of a student at Cambridge and the best approach towards applying.
After this we were given a guided tour of the site by current students. The tour included the very impressive library and chapel. We were told about the “gate of honour” through which only graduates on graduation day are allowed to pass. Our students are pictured in front of this historic gate.
After lunch we walked to the world-renowned Cavendish laboratories. Upon our arrival we were taken on a tour of the museum and shown some of the equipment that the likes of great Physicists such as J.J. Thomson and James Chadwick used in their discoveries of the electron and the neutron.
The students then listened to an Isaac Physics presentation on circular motion before using computers to answer some challenging questions. The magic pendulum was then completed with students collecting and analysing their own data to determine the gravitational field strength.
The students enjoyed the day and were excellent through-out.