Computers, mobile phones, tablets, nuclear power-plants, GPS satellites and many more devices. They all owe their existence to the revolution in physics that took part at the beginning of 20th century.

Through experiments run with real instruments, parameter setting and data collection, students will have a hands-on experience of many different physical phenomena, which will help them understand how physics regulates both nature and technology, and introduce them to potential working fields where physics skills are required.

Some of the topics of our experiments: gamma radiation attenuation, the photoeletrical effect, the Michelson Interferometer, Snell’s law, Black Body Radiation

More information about Web-accessible remote laboratory (WARL)

Workforce in Physics

In the EU, around 540,000 students are enrolled in physics, astronomy, chemistry, and earth science courses. Jobs for physicists, other scientists and engineers grew by 7% in the past five years. Jobs for technicians in the field grew by 2%. Overall, they account for 7% of all jobs in the EU. As of 2016, around 15 million European science and engineering workers are employed. They work in a variety of sectors directly related to physics, including aerospace and defence, energy, engineering, manufacturing, oil and gas, science and telecommunications. Others work in sectors such as IT and consultancy, financial services, legal, transport and utilities. In the next years, jobs for engineers and researchers will increase by 13%, and jobs for science and engineering technicians will increase by 2%.

RRI aspects

RRI has been introduced in the physics course contents following:

IDEA 2: RRI CHALLENGES THE METHODOLOGIES TO BE USED IN STEM EDUCATION

The methodologies used combine hands-on experience, learning via experiments and inquiry-based learning, which should increase engagement of students during the lesson/activity. Using learning via experiments methodology for example allow to actively involve the students in the execution, prediction, observation, and recording. They are discovering scientific concepts, create experimental models, understand the relationship between empirical studies and theory and thus learn how to conduct scientific studies.

IDEA 9: TRANSPARENCY AND OPENNESS SHOULD BE THE NEW CULTURES IN STEM EDUCATION

Experiments carried out by different teams of students are being shared and compared. For example, in the lesson on holography, each group of students will have to perform simple experiment entitled “CD/DVD disc as reflective diffraction grating”. Students determine distances between the recording tracks on CD/DVD disc. Their report will allow reconstructing details of the experiment and the comparison of results obtained by different groups. Sharing experimental results and honesty (including admitting to mistakes) are the basis of RRI. Open Access concepts will also be introduced based on this practical experience.

More information on RRI 10 Ideas: https://zenodo.org/record/1303805#.W1H_03jdhF0

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