Highlights for this year included the continued success of the Physics Research Group at Loreto College and the expansion of the Science Communicators Programme. The Loreto College physics research programme featured projects on plasma physics, binary star systems and chain mechanics and was run by Yasmin Andrew, Ian Udall and Francis Kearns. Students presented their results at the IOP Young Person's Poster & Lecture competition. Best poster was won by two Loreto College students for their results on the Chain Fountain effect. The research programme will continue in the 2016/17 academic year.
For the 2015/16 Science Communicators Programme, A2 physics students were trained to deliver STEM club sessions for four local primary schools based on hands-on science projects. This programme was a great success, with 18 students receiving Silver CREST awards for their project work. Plans are in place to expand The Science Communicators Programme to include AS physics students in 2016/17 with the student recruitment started in June 2016.