HSC Physics made accessible for students and teachers. Get inside the experiments, including Superconductors, Generators, Cathode ray tubes and the Wilson cloud chamber. See the experiments of Hertz, Lenz, Michelson-Morley, Einstein and more. All in the setting of a real Physics Lab in the historic Physics Building at the University of Sydney.
Your class will spend a two and half hours going through our experiments in small groups. Each group has its own dynamic demonstrator and covers many doptpoints of the syllabus in depth. Worksheets are provided for all students and teachers. A pen and a calculator will be needed throughout the workshops.
Custom workshops are an option - choose 5 experiments from the modules listed below. Or if you have other requests, contact us and we will do our best to help you.
You can book with the Online booking form OR contact us.
This virtual tour is *almost* like being here in the lab.
Kickstart Teaser: Superconductivity
This is a map of all the schools that came to Kickstart in 2013 and some of the ones we visited with Kickstart on the road.
The blue pins (153 of them) are the schools that participated in Kickstart. The yellow dots are all the public schools in NSW and the red dots are all the non-government schools in NSW.
Kickstart workshops are hands-on workshops addressing specific dotpoints from the HSC Physics syllabus. The dotpoints covered are specified on the Syllabus dotpoints page.
|Ideas to Implementations||
Hertz's experiment with radio waves
JJ Thompson's experiment with Cathode rays
Conductors and semiconductors
|Motors and Generators||
The motor effect
AC induction motors
Speed and escape velocity
C and the aether
Einstein and relativity
|Quanta to Quarks||
Atomic emission spectra (including Hydrogen)
Wilson's cloud chamber
Tracking fundamental particles
Mass defect in radioactive decay
Penetration of radioactive emmission
Radioactive half-life decay
Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)
Optical C-T Scan
Penetration of radiactivity
Teaser (discharge tube)
Workshops: $27.50 per student (GST inclusive)
Interactive lectures: $10 per student (GST inclusive)
There is no charge for teachers. For custom modules of more than 5 experiments, additional charges may apply.
After you've been to the university for your Kickstart sessions a tax invoice will be sent to you. You can pay by cheque, visa, mastercard or bankcard. Cash payment is not accepted. Refunds will only be given under consideration.
We also request that final student numbers be confirmed at least one week prior to attending your workshop.
Note: If your students arrive late for a session, we cannot guarantee that your workshop can run beyond the allocated end time to compensate.
The Sydney Observatory and the School of Physics are offering a discount to schools that complete Kickstart workshops and a visit to the Observatory on the same day.
$25 per student (GST inclusive)
- Sydney Observatory
$6 per student
Students must wear closed toe footwear while in the laboratory, and long hair should be tied back. Full Safety information about Kickstart Workshops is found in our risk assessment forms.
Parking on the University campus is unrestricted outside the areas denoted as University Vehicles Only. The cost is $24 per day or $2 per hour after 3 pm. A minibus of 15 seats or less can park in any valid parking spots on campus. For buses larger than this, you will need to find parking on surrounding public streets. A free parking permit can be organised for you if you contact us in advance and specify the date of your visit and the registration number of your vehicle. Note that this does not guarantee you a parking space.
Food and Drinks: water is available in the lab. Students are advised to bring their own food, Ralphs cafe is nearby, and we have drink vouchers.
If you wish to book a Kickstart session please: Go to the Online booking form
email us :
- Your contact details, (school name, address, phone and fax)
- Number of students.
- Preferred modules.
- Three suggested dates. During Uni terms Kickstart is unavailable on Wednesday & Thursday afternoons. You can find a timetable of current bookings here. The maximum class size is 50 students.
- Start times for your workshop.
We will contact you within a couple of days to confirm your booking.
Kickstart Physics is co-ordinated by Tom Gordon.
Phone: 9351 3201
Fax: 9036 7158
Kickstart is also available in Biology, Chemistry and Anatomy & Histology. See the Science Faculty website for more details.