Nine enthusiastic volunteers from the University's physics department took part in "Physics in the field" at Ballater's Highland Games last week.
The team performed amazing physics tricks with materials that can be easily found at home, encouraging participants get involved by in experiments including balloon kebabs or potatoes pierced with a straw.
The experience of the team covered all the spectrum of the academic career from undergraduate students, recent PhD graduates, postdocs and academic staff. In addition, it was a truly multilingual team able to speak in English, German, French, Dutch, Spanish, Catalan and a bit of Italian. This allowed the volunteers to engage in a very effective manner with visitors coming from all over the world. This was particularly useful to motivate children. All in all, it was an enjoyable event in which visitors from very diverse backgrounds and ages were able to appreciate the magic and beauty of physics as well as its closeness to everyday life.
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