SRP Schools Events

When practical, SRP invites local secondary schools to join in special events organised in association with the Annual Conference, held in the spring at different locations around the UK.  A mixture of entertaining and interactive exhibits on radiation, plus a keynote lecture, the events are designed to inspire young people to study science at higher levels at school and university and perhaps consider a career in radiation protection. 

It may also be possible for one of our members to visit your school to talk to students and held deliver one of our lesson plans.  Please email us if this is of interest to you.

Scroll down for details of some of our successful past events:

2015 Event - Eastbourne (18 May 2015)

WHY CAN'T ALL PHYSICS LESSONS BE AS GOOD AS THIS?

That was the excited reaction of one of the students from an Eastbourne school attending the Schools Science Event 2015, organised as part of the Annual Conference and arranged and coordinated by the Schools Outreach Working Group under the leadership of Heather Hale. "It was great to see so many young people getting involved, interested and excited about the study of science", she said.  Over 300 students, teachers and scientists gathered for a celebration of radiation safety, the Science of Radiation Protection, at the Devonshire Park Centre.  Visitors were able to take part in hands-on science activities while they met and talked to radiation protection professionals from hospitals, universities, the emergency services and the nuclear industry.  Feedback from students and teachers was very positive. Eastbourne College tweeted "a great event, our pupils loved it".

Watch what happened on the day (film below).

The highlight of the day was the stage show, "Our Radioactive World". The presentation team of Dr Steph Bloomer and Sarah Hunak from Amec Foster Wheeler together with Dr Mike Wood from the University of Salford took the audience and on-stage student volunteers through a series of interactive demonstrations featuring how naturally radioactivity is found in the most unlikely materials and how simple techniques are used to safeguard people who work with radiation.

A demonstration of the exponential nature of radioactive decay using discs thrown onto the stage proved a challenge to mount in a Victorian theatre. Theatres of that era have a sloping stage, so there was a risk that the discs would roll into the orchestra pit. The risk was contained using the show’s own version of a cooling pond, a large inflatable paddling pool, manhandled on stage by Mr Radioactive Man, a scene stealing performance from Shaun Lenden.  Shaun later endured a barrage of bombardment from one local student, who proved a crack shot with a NERF gun, the fun stand-in for a radiation beam used to demonstrate the effects of time, distance and shielding.

Able on stage support was also provided by RGG members Jess Revill, Claire Stephens and Chris Jones. Thoughts are now turning to next year’s event. New ideas for future Schools Lectures are always welcome as are volunteers to help out.

View the film from the whole lecture below.

WHY CAN'T ALL PHYSICS LESSONS BE AS GOOD AS THIS?"

That was the excited reaction of one of the students from an Eastbourne school attending the Schools Science Event 2015, organised as part of the Annual Conference and arranged and coordinated by the Schools Outreach Working Group under the leadership of Heather Hale. "It was great to see so many young people getting involved, interested and excited about the study of science", she said.

Over 300 students, teachers and scientists gathered for a celebration of radiation safety, the Science of Radiation Protection, at the Devonshire Park Centre.  Visitors were able to take part in hands-on science activities while they met and talked to radiation protection professionals from hospitals, universities, the emergency services and the nuclear industry.

Feedback from students and teachers was very positive. Eastbourne College tweeted "a great event, our pupils loved it".

 

Watch what happened on the day (film below).

 

The highlight of the day was the stage show, "Our Radioactive World". The presentation team of Dr Steph Bloomer and Sarah Hunak from Amec Foster Wheeler together with Dr Mike Wood from the University of Salford took the audience and on-stage student volunteers through a series of interactive demonstrations featuring how naturally radioactivity is found in the most unlikely materials and how simple techniques are used to safeguard people who work with radiation.

A demonstration of the exponential nature of radioactive decay using discs thrown onto the stage proved a challenge to mount in a Victorian theatre. Theatres of that era have a sloping stage, so there was a risk that the discs would roll into the orchestra pit. The risk was contained using the show’s own version of a cooling pond, a large inflatable paddling pool, manhandled on stage by Mr Radioactive Man, a scene stealing performance from Shaun Lenden.  Shaun later endured a barrage of bombardment from one local student, who proved a crack shot with a NERF gun, the fun stand-in for a radiation beam used to demonstrate the effects of time, distance and shielding.

Able on stage support was also provided by RGG members Jess Revill, Claire Stephens and Chris Jones.

Thoughts are now turning to next year’s event. New ideas for future Schools Lectures are always welcome as are volunteers to help out.

View the film from the whole lecture below.

- See more at: https://srp-uk.org/news/article/78/school-science-day-was-a-big-hit-with-students-filming-of-the-day-now-available#sthash.44gEgCRJ.dpuf

2014 Event - Southport (28 April 2014)

  • An extensive exhibition of entertaining and thought-provoking display stands based around the subject of radiation. Exhibitors will include representatives from the emergency services, hospitals, universities, and the nuclear industry – and there are prizes up for grabs!
  • Opportunities for pupils and teachers to talk to a wide range of radiation protection professionals, industry and university students taking courses in radiation-related subjects
  • A dedicated Schools’ Lecture entitled “How to Boil Water the Nuclear Way”
 
Both the exhibition and the lecture will feature content regarding radioactivity, radiation protection and nuclear power that is directly relevant to the Additional Science and Physics GCSE syllabuses from all the major GCSE exam boards. 

 
The SRP Schools’ Event is an educational experience that should not be missed. In addition, it’s free to attend. A full ‘joining pack’ of information will be sent out to interested schools in January 2014,

 

Please register your interest with the SRP (Tel: 01803 866743 or e-mail: unity.stuart@srp-uk.org).

- See more at: http://www.srp-uk.org/event/22/schools-event-2014#sthash.G2oEQ9dT.dpuf
The 2014 SRP Schools’ Event will include:
  • An extensive exhibition of entertaining and thought-provoking display stands based around the subject of radiation. Exhibitors will include representatives from the emergency services, hospitals, universities, and the nuclear industry – and there are prizes up for grabs!
  • Opportunities for pupils and teachers to talk to a wide range of radiation protection professionals, industry and university students taking courses in radiation-related subjects
  • A dedicated Schools’ Lecture entitled “How to Boil Water the Nuclear Way”
 
Both the exhibition and the lecture will feature content regarding radioactivity, radiation protection and nuclear power that is directly relevant to the Additional Science and Physics GCSE syllabuses from all the major GCSE exam boards. 

 
The SRP Schools’ Event is an educational experience that should not be missed. In addition, it’s free to attend. A full ‘joining pack’ of information will be sent out to interested schools in January 2014,

 

Please register your interest with the SRP (Tel: 01803 866743 or e-mail: unity.stuart@srp-uk.org).

- See more at: http://www.srp-uk.org/event/22/schools-event-2014#sthash.G2oEQ9dT.dpuf
The 2014 SRP Schools’ Event will include:
  • An extensive exhibition of entertaining and thought-provoking display stands based around the subject of radiation. Exhibitors will include representatives from the emergency services, hospitals, universities, and the nuclear industry – and there are prizes up for grabs!
  • Opportunities for pupils and teachers to talk to a wide range of radiation protection professionals, industry and university students taking courses in radiation-related subjects
  • A dedicated Schools’ Lecture entitled “How to Boil Water the Nuclear Way”
 
Both the exhibition and the lecture will feature content regarding radioactivity, radiation protection and nuclear power that is directly relevant to the Additional Science and Physics GCSE syllabuses from all the major GCSE exam boards. 

 
The SRP Schools’ Event is an educational experience that should not be missed. In addition, it’s free to attend. A full ‘joining pack’ of information will be sent out to interested schools in January 2014,

 

Please register your interest with the SRP (Tel: 01803 866743 or e-mail: unity.stuart@srp-uk.org).

- See more at: http://www.srp-uk.org/event/22/schools-event-2014#sthash.G2oEQ9dT.dpuf

The day featured an extensive exhibition of entertaining and thought-provoking display stands based around the subject of radiation.  Exhibitors included representatives from the emergency services, hospitals, universities and the nuclear industry.  Pupils and teachers had an opportunity to talk to a wide range of radiation protection professionals, industry and university students taking courses in radiation -related subjects.  The day included a dedicated Schools' Lecture entitled: 'Radiation - Don't Panic!'

Both the exhibition and the lecture featured content regarding radioactivity, radiation protection and nuclear power that is directly relevant to the Additional Science GCSE syllabuses from all major GCSE exam boards.  See the Review of the day here.

2013 Event - Harrogate (22 May 2013)

Over 400 local school children attended the event.  The Lecture ‘What’s the Risk - Putting numbers on the chances in your life’ was given by 'Professor Risk' - David Spiegelhalter OBE.  David's proper title is Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk. He is in two minds (literally) about playing it safe or chucking caution to the wind. Decisions, decisions! Are bacon sandwiches really that dangerous and is it wise to drive when you love cycling? David shows us how to use statistics to face up to life's major risks. Congratulations to Emma-Lea Prescott form Wakefield City Academy who won the SRP prize for best school Newsletter article following the event.  See the review of the day here.  The recording of the event is available here. running time 50 mins
 

2012 Schools Event - Glasgow (16 May 2012)

This very first SRP Schools Event was held in Glasgow in 2012. It attracted over 1200 teenagers and was held alongside IRPA13 - an international Congress for Radiation Protection professionals. The event included a lecture on ‘The Importance of Radiation to the Medical Profession’ from Prof Peter Marsden, University College London, NHS Foundation Trust.
See the review of the day here.  The recording of the Lecture can be viewed below:


 

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