Physics (derived from the Ancient Greek: φύσις physis "nature"), often referred to in the past as "natural science", is the study of matter and its motion through spacetime, along with related concepts such as energy and force. It can be viewed as the general analysis of nature, undertaken with the aim of understanding how the universe behaves.
All UK students will study physics in some form up to GCSE, either separately or as part of a combined science curriculum. Students can choose to study physics at A-level, which is advisable if they are considering going on to study science, medicine, geology, earth sciences, or engineering in Higher Education.
The National Space Academy physics Masterclasses teach curriculum physics for 14-19 year olds using current and cutting edge space research. Hands-on activities and experiments allow students to explore forces, gravity, the electromagnetic spectrum, pressure and temperature, astronomy, and more. Mars, comets, human spaceflight, and rockets are all used to engage students with the curriculum and to inspire them with the role physics and physicists have played in our understanding of space.
KS4 Physics masterclasses use the challenges of space exploration and Earth observation as the basis of an intensive day-long course designed to support GCSE Physics and Science students in their curriculum studies. This course can also be tailored to KS3 groups.
For a more detailed outline of masterclasses offered at the National Space Centre or in your own school, please contact us.