Volunteers wanted for Physics in the Field!

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 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.

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