QuarkNet: NSA funded particle physics project

The physics departments at Cardiff and Swansea University have teamed up with a worldwide collaboration to create an interactive talk that will engage late KS4, and KS5 students with astronomy and particle physics research.

Further information is below or to register your school, please follow the link below. If you have any questions please contact us on 02920 876 884 or info@sciencemadesimple.co.uk.
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What is it?

Aimed at students who are taking science – and especially physics – GSCE and A level, the talk is free to schools and funded through the Welsh Government’s National Science Academy (NSA) project QuarkNet Cymru. The presentation is available in Welsh or English and can be given to a class or up to 100 students (so a small GSCE and/or A level cohort is no problem). An opportunity to handle technical equipment following the presentation is also offered.

Cosmic rays are high energy particles travelling through space. They are thought to arise from events such as stellar collisions and supernova explosions – so allow us to study some of the most energetic events in the Universe. When a cosmic ray encounters the Earth’s atmosphere, it creates a cascade of secondary particles which spread out as they travel to the surface. The higher the energy of the original cosmic ray, the larger the cascade of particles when it reaches the surface.

If we use detectors sensitive to some of these secondary particles (in this case, muons), we can find out information about the original cosmic ray such as its energy and its approximate origin point. Hundreds of instruments are currently in use all over the world, and thousands of students learn about topics such as space, astrophysics, particle physics, the atmosphere, and the sun, by doing projects involving hands-on experiments.

Tour regions and available dates:

North Wales (Gwynedd, Conwy, Flintshire):

Monday 29th January – Friday 2nd February


South Wales (Gwent, South Glamorgan, Mid Glamorgan and West Glamorgan):

Monday 12th February – Friday 16th February (can be flexible in this area)


West Wales (Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire):

Monday 16th April – Friday 20th April

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