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Great Baddow High School welcomed the opportunity to once again host the annual PhysicsFest event run by the East Anglia Branch of the Institute of Physics. 

Many Year 10, 11, 12 and 13 students, together with staff and ex-students from Great Baddow High School, KEGs and New Hall volunteered as explainers and demonstrators. Volunteers also travelled down from as far as Durham University!

In the fifth year of this event, there were a huge range of physics based activities. These included an Astronomy Roadshow Planetarium, talks on Crisp Packet Fireworks by Dave Ansell, Ensemble Automata Workshop making a machine the length of the gym, Ed Spoke’s large range of bicycles, and many interactive stalls. 

Visitors could get hands-on with physics from investigating moments by grinding their own grain to building structures and testing them with Chelmsford Science and Engineering Society. Rocket building and launching proved very popular and needed the full width and height of the sports hall to accommodate the firing of some great designs. Cambridge Hands on Science (CHaOS) brought along many stalls and volunteers. Liquid nitrogen and a wind tunnel were supplied by Teledyne E2V and the levitating magnet track & puck were supplied by Cambridge Cavendish Laboratories.

Dr. T Ghoneim, Head of Physics at Great Baddow High School and member of the Institute of Physics has helped run the event for the last five years, with her colleagues from the institute, and was delighted with how well the day went.

“The Institute of Physics is actively involved in promoting physics to all ages at outreach events. A massive thank you is extended to everyone who volunteered to help with PhysicsFest ensuring that it ran successfully."