Did you know you can stick a big pointy skewer right through a balloon and it won’t pop?
Or use a sieve full of holes to hold water? Or make milk psychedelic? Or build your own hovercraft? Super cool experiments for kids (see below to find out how) all using the appliance of physics.
Did you know that physics skills can lead children into all sorts of careers?
Here’s Masterchef finalist Aki Matshushima explaining how she uses physics in her work.
And did you know that in the UK in 2011 49% of co-ed schools sent no girls on to A-level physics?
Not one girl.
How to give your girls the opportunities of physics
The Institute of Physics has just launched an ‘It’s Different for Girls‘ campaign to promote physics to young girls. On a global platform the UK needs to have this skills set, but on a personal level our children could be missing out on a huge array for careers where physics is vital.
The campaign reports gender stereotyping as the main reason girls aren’t going on to study physics, and includes teacher and headteacher attitudes. As parents there’s a lot we can do at home and through school to give our daughters the opportunity to benefit from physics, including
:: challenging stereotypes
:: create a positive environment, giving our children the chance to try out fun, hands-on experiments (see the ideas below) and going on physics-inspired family days out
:: questioning potential schools about their approach to physics
Take a look at these resources for more ideas to use with your children, both at home and ones to share with school:
6 super cool physics experiment for kids
Studying physics is full of awe and wonder for children. My girls got to try a ‘super cool’ experiment when we met some of the people from the Institute of Physics at the Just So Festival in the summer. Did you know you can stick a big pointy skewer right through a balloon and it won’t pop? Just make sure you have physics on your side and stick the skewer through the two places on the balloon where the skin is thicker (right at the bottom and top).
The Institute of Physics has a whole website full of hands-on, child-focused experiments you can try at home. How about:
Give the experiments a try and give your girls the opportunities of physics!