The paper, which details new, classroom-friendly demonstrations of the Curie Temperature of a number of metals, is the first paper that the Badminton science students have had published. It appeared in Physics Education, an international academic and peer reviewed journal published by the Institute of Physics, and reflecting the needs and interests of secondary school teachers, teacher trainers and those involved with courses up to introductory undergraduate level.
‘Demonstrating the Curie Temperature in the classroom’ was co-authored by three Sixth Form students and Mr Williams, Head of Science Outreach at Badminton. An additional seven students have been acknowledged within the paper for their help in its creation.
‘The work of these girls will inspire young minds and they act as a role model for other girls who wish to become more involved in physics.”
Ideas for the article came from demonstrations the Outreach team developed for their show, ‘Is a Grape Magnetic?’. The programme reaches around 1,500 Junior School-aged children each year. It is split between events based on low temperature physics, magnetism and exothermic chemistry, all presented and choreographed by the Badminton students themselves.
Mr Williams said: “I am extremely proud and feel privileged to have worked alongside all of the girls involved in the creation of this paper, from undertaking the research to support the initial idea, through to writing the paper itself. The work of these girls will inspire young minds and they act as a role model for other girls who wish to become more involved in physics.”