APS News

APS Christmas Lecture

Over 250 parents / carers and students enjoyed our 3rd annual physics Christmas lecture.  Dr. Vincent Smith, of the University of Bristol, and Dr. Peter Ford MBE gave a highly interesting and amusing account of the life and times of Albert Einstein.  The talk covered his early life, including his dislike for education, his later job as a patent officer and finally the path that led him to publish some of the most ground-breaking theories of special and general relativity.  Many thanks to Peter and Vincent for a wonderful evening.  Here are a seletion of comments from our students.

I absolutely loved it. It was an enthralling reminder of my own research on special relativity and Brownian motion and was extraordinarily memorable. It has made me even more excited to explore Einstein's areas of study at university."Alex Nagen
What is better than learning about physics at school? Learning physics at school from physicists with more experience than Einstein himself. Not only were the facts and information completely valuable and informative, the lecture consisted of a variety of demonstrations as well, just to keep the audience on their toes. Not too sure I agree with their opinions on modern art, though.Jamie McNeil
One of the most interesting lectures I've been to. I thoroughly enjoyed the demonstrations, particularly the Brownian motion, and I understand it a great deal more! It was fascinating learning more about the man himself and not just his accomplishments in the field of physics. Thank you very much for taking the time to come and talk to us. I certainly enjoyed it and the presentation itself was great - the two of you should be a double act!Veronica

Year 13 Physics Olympiad

Congratulations to 5 year 13 physics students who successfully completed the A2 Physics Olympiad Challenge.  Kitty Mogilner, Sam Roberts, Tay Dzonu, Mathew Yick and Alex Nagen all completed the national competiton organised by The University of Oxford.  The Olympiad exam tests the students problem solving and mathematical skills using concepts covered during the A-Level physics course and some problems aimed at first year physics undergraduates.  Congratulations to all those who took part.


APS students watch Tim Peak lift off into space

Tim Peak's historic launch into space to join the International Space Station was watched live in a number of locations around the school.  Hundred's of APS students gathered to watch the launch of Tim Peake aboard the Soyuz Rocket blast off into space. Tim and the other astronauts will spend 6 months aboard the International Space Station conducting a range of experiments some of which were designed by school children.  All of us here at APS wish Tim and his colleagues a successful mission.





Y12 Imperial Light Workshop

Five year 12 physics students attended a series of light and photonics workshops and lectures at Imperial College London as part of the International Year of Light. Gozde, Anjum, Andrew, Adam and Mourad were specially selected after entering a competition to secure their place. They were able to undertake a series of experiments involving lasers, fibre optics and robotics. The lectures covered an overview of polarisation and how 3D films are made. The students were also given an introduction to the famous Maxwell’s equations which govern the laws of electromagnetism and forms part of an undergraduate physics degree. Many thanks to Imperial College London for hosting this event. Here are a few comments from our students.

I was lucky enough to get a place on the trip to Imperial and am very grateful for it. We attended two lectures on the refraction of light and modern cryptography which were broken up by some very hands on workshops. The first had us trying to communicate with light using different methods from semaphore to fibre optics. The second had us looking at lasers including how they worked and the uses of them. The final workshop had us building and programing robots to chase a light source. I greatly enjoyed the trip and am definitely looking forward to learning more about light in my lessons.Mourad Dekiouk
I found the visit to Imperial very interesting, particularly learning about the wavelengths of different colours of light and the difference in primary colours depending on if light is being emitted or absorbed. I also enjoyed creating robots which were programed to follow a beam of light and found the lectures informative.Adam
“The visit to Imperial was very interesting as we learned the multitude of uses for light. I enjoyed finding out about how lasers are created and their applications particularly interesting, where we learned it had some very unusual uses such as the heating of hydrogen to try and create fusion and the destruction of missiles using infrared waves to melt through and detonate them.Andrew.