Teacher Talk: Curiosity and Creative Physics

November 23, 2017 9:00 am

Today’s Teacher Talk focuses on one of Spark Academy’s newest subjects: A-Level Physics. Nic Hey, Head of Science, has introduced the subject this year so she can share her passion with the next generation of scientists.

‘Physics: the science frontier. These are the voyages of the students at Spark, and their continuing mission to explore strange new concepts and to boldly go where no Sparkie has gone before…’

Some of you will be familiar with the influence for the above statement and where it has come from: Star Trek. However, you don’t have to be a science fiction buff or fit into a nerdy stereotype to study A-Level physics.

 

Why should you study physics?

 

The world of physics is more open and diverse than ever. If you can think outside the box, collaborate with your peers and work tirelessly to solve problems then A-Level Physics can lead to exciting opportunities at University and in the world of work.

As Head of Science, I teach all three sciences but I am especially passionate about all things physics. I studied at the University Of Leicester and received an Honours Degree in Physics with Astrophysics so I like to share my knowledge and experiences. Anything is possible if you put your mind to it. I’ve visited Space Exploration Mission Controls (in Houston & Moscow) and been to the Large Hadron Collider (CERN) in Switzerland.

I have seven years of teaching and personal experience in the world of physics. It is this experience that I draw on. I provide students with opportunities to learn, build their confidence and broaden their horizons. I also like to encourage students to study physics further. We will always need new ideas and new scientists!

 

Where can I find you and what’s involved?

 

Here at Spark we offer A-Level Physics tuition at our Oadby site (Manor High School) for both years 12 and 13, but it’s not your standard tuition.

Our experiments so far have included making ripple tanks to demonstrate the interference patterns of waves;

 

and using jelly beans and rainbow laces to show Feynman diagrams and the interaction of subatomic particles.

 

 

Student creativity and imagination can flourish in our lessons. We explore creativity as a way of solving problems and used to visualise concepts in three dimensions. These are some of the important skills we develop in our tuition sessions.

Students are encouraged to actively take part in lessons. This could be through practical experiences, asking questions or solving problems together on the board. The most important trait needed for any physics course is curiosity. Spark students are encouraged to want to know more and more!

If you are studying physics as one of your A-levels, come along and try us out. Our aim is to build confidence and help you master the subject. Book in for a free trial to see if Spark is right for you.