On Thursday 21st September year 12 Physics students visited Nottingham Trent University to see what studying Physics at a higher level is like. After a long tram journey and a quick walk, we arrived at Clifton campus and met Ed, our guide for the day.
We began with a talk on the Northern Lights, learning more about how this phenomenon occurs and how it’s one of the ways our Earth protects us. We saw some beautiful pictures and the science was beautiful, too! Then came the hard part; we were tasked with finding the energy of the Northern Lights. By first considering a candle, we planned out our work and applied the same ideas to some actual research data. We worked out that the Northern Lights have an energy of several terajoules. That’s twelve zeros!
On Sunday 24th September 2017 a group of intrepid students set out from The Holgate Academy to the Rolls Royce Open Day. This was made possible by Holgate Governor Marcus Hawes who very kindly provided us with tickets to the event.
We set off from the Academy at 10:00am on the short walk to Rolls-Royce, when we arrived we stopped off for some photo opportunities with an aircraft engine, army truck and the famous Hucknall Rolls-Royce building. After the photos there was some time for fun on an inflatable slide before heading into the main attraction.