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Celebrating 25 years

Guests will gather today for the Ogden Physics Forum and Anniversary Conference.

Published: 1 July 2024

Today, we will be welcoming almost 300 teachers and education friends to our 25th anniversary Physics Forum and Conference at The Belfry. We will be reflecting on what has been achieved in the first 25 years of the Trust but will also look forward to what still needs to be done as we work to make broader, deeper and more sustainable changes in physics education.

Education experts and leading practitioners will be sharing their thoughts and experiences and we will be sharing our key reflections after the event. Keynote presentations will go hand-in-hand with a series of workshops offering teaching ideas and inspiration that can be taken straight back to the classroom.

The Trust has supported hundreds of individuals with scholarships and bursaries in our 25-year history and we have gone on to support many thousands more through our university outreach, internships and school partnership programmes. Our physics support for teachers continues to amplify our impact as we empower and enable them to best educate the next generation.

I was in Year 3 at Shrubland Street Primary when the first Phiz Lab was set up – I took part in every science fair, club and competition that was on offer at the school, including Destination Imagination which our team won! The Ogden Trust supported our team trip to America for the global finals which was a transformative experience. I got to see the wide reach that STEM has, and it opened me up to opportunities to collaborate globally in the future. I also took part in a cosmic ray detector project in Year 5 of primary school. It won one of our school science fairs and I was invited to visit Warwick University to see how their cloud chamber worked. I left inspired and trying to get my head around special relativity.

These experiences in primary school inspired hours of research and studying to try and better understand the complex world of quantum mechanics. It was this curiosity that made me realise that I want to pursue a career in research. This trip was the start of my academic journey into the field of particle physics! I have just completed my A-Levels this June (2024) and will hopefully be starting my master’s degree in physics at the University of Warwick next year.  In the future, I aspire to work internationally at CERN, taking part in research projects into quantum mechanics, and working with the Large Hadron Collider.

Abishek Elavarasan

In 2013. Amanda Poole won a science teaching award she is picture here at Shrubland Street Primary School, with Ana.

In 2013, Amanda Poole won a science teaching award. Amanda is pictured here with another Shrubland St pupil, Ana. Amanda is now a Teaching and Learning Coach. at the Trust.

As part of the 25th anniversary celebrations, the Trust has updated its logo.

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