The IOP is looking for volunteers for their Physics in the Field events over the summer.
Throughout summer 2013, the Institute’s physics in society team and local branches will be taking physics to festivals and events around the country, engaging thousands of families and young people with physics busking. Physics busking involves performing physics tricks – small hand held demonstrations which help illustrate an area of physics – and encouraging visitors to try the tricks themselves. By busking at non-science events we aim to raise awareness of physics among people who wouldn’t normally choose to seek out science.
You can find examples of physics tricks from our Physics to Go pack being performed at www.physics.org in the discover section of the site.
They are looking for volunteers to help out with Physics in the Field at the following events:
11 May Great Tower Scout Camp near Windermere, Cumbria.
11-12 May Newark and Nottinghamshire County Show, Newark Showground
25-26 May Kaya Festival, Bangor, Wales.
27-28 May Hay Festival, Hay-on-wye, Wales
29-30 May The Suffolk Show, Trinity Park, Ipswich.
31 May-2 June Holker Garden Festival, Nr Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria
1-2 June Lakeside International Childrens Festival, Highfields Park, Nottingham.
Early June (TBA) Bradford Mela, Peel Park, Bradford (exact date TBA – will be a Saturday)
6-8 June Royal Cornwall Show, Wadebridge, Cornwall
7-9 June Middlesbrough Mela, Middlesbrough Town Centre.
9 June The Strathmore Highland Games, Strathmore, near Perth and Kinross.
14-16 June Three Counties Show, Malvern, Worcestershire.
22-23 June Africa Oyé, Sefton Park, Liverpool
29 June Lancashire Science Festival, University of Central Lancashire.
6 July Live @ Jodrell Bank (Event 1 at Jodrell Bank)
6-7 July Paddle Round The Pier, Hove Lawns, Brighton & Hove
19-20 July Chagstock, Chagford, Devon
27-28 July Riverside Festival, The Mill Field, Charlbury
27-28 July Sunderland Air Show, Seaburn and Roker Coastline, Sunderland
8 Aug The Ballater Highland Games, Ballater, Aberdeenshire
16-18 Aug Just So Festival, Rode Hall Park, Near Scholar Green, Cheshire
23-25 Aug Galtres Festival, Duncombe Park, Helmsley. Nr York.
23-26 Aug Towersey Village Festival, Near Thame, Oxfordshire
Late Aug (TBA) Newcastle Mela, Exhibition Park, Newcastle (Exact dates TBA)
The volunteer’s role is to ensure that visitors enjoy themselves and have a positive experience of physics. You will encourage visitors to try the different tricks we have available, talk to them about the physics behind the tricks and, when the opportunity arises, describe some of your own research or work in physics for those more interested visitors.
All volunteers will receive full instructions and training on how to perform the physics tricks, including presentation tips. The training and experience you receive will be an excellent introduction to physics outreach as well as building all important transferable skills.
The IOP will also pay your travel expenses and subsistence whilst at the event and give you a free t-shirt to wear.
If you are interested in volunteering with us this summer then please contact the Physics in Society team on [email protected] by Monday 15 April 2013 with the following information:
- Which event and which days you are interested in attending – you can attend more than one day subject to availability
- Whether you live local to the event with an approx journey time
They are limited to four volunteers a day and would like to build up a base of volunteers in the local area so you are more likely to get a place if you volunteer for an event in your region.