The first masterclass at IKB Academy gave invitied Year 11 students from other schools the chance to investigate the world of particle physics.
IKB’s principal Debbie Gibbs, a passionate physics teacher, led the day, which included a series of activities and presentations, culminating in the group making their own cloud chamber to see the tracks made by cosmic rays from space.
Mrs Gibbs said: “Even though the tracks were quite elusive, the students thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to see how inspiring A-level physics can be.”
Participants’ comments included: “It was lots of fun and I enjoyed the dry ice”; “It was relaxed and fun and I also learnt interesting stuff”; “It was very informative and interactive”.
IKB, which has a science and engineering specialism, is planning a series of masterclasses to showcase its range of A-level and Btec Post-16 options, in which students are achieving great success. These include product design, maths, engineering and biochemistry.
If you are in Year 11 at any school and would like to attend a masterclass, please contact IKB Academy for an invitation.