National Science Week starts with a bang in Portsmouth

LESSON Prof Bob Nichol
LESSON Prof Bob Nichol
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YOUNGSTERS will be taught about outer space at Portsmouth Grammar School to inspire them to study physics.

Ten to 18-year-olds will experience a physics masterclass with University of Portsmouth cosmologists, hands-on physics experiments, and a chance to become fully immersed in a mobile planetarium from the University of Southampton.

The event on Monday to launch National Science and Engineering Week will involve students from South Downs and Portsmouth colleges, Portsmouth Grammar School and St Jude’s CoE Primary.

Prof Bob Nichol, who is giving a lecture on space, said: ‘We want to inspire more pupils to study physics and to study it for longer – it is the science that underpins our world and much of what goes on in it.’

The science day is a joint venture between the universities of Portsmouth and Southampton, local schools and the South East Physics Network.