High School Physics Experiments

The Program

High School Physics Experiments is an outreach program offered by the physics department to high school students who are taking physics 30. Teachers are invited to bring their classes to our labs. Teachers will choose three of four possible activities for their classes: Spectroscopic Analysis of Hydrogen (Balmer Series), e/m ratio (Thompson's Experiment), radiation/Geiger counter experiment, or Superconductivity demo. Teachers do not need to prepare as an instructor will be available to run the program. However, teachers will be expected to remain with their classes during each 2.5- to 3-hour session. The program runs twice a year: in December/January and in May/June. The cost per session is $200.00 (GST included) and we usually accommodate 25 students in each session. Small classes can share a session and split the cost.


How to Book

Teachers who have previously participated will receive a letter of invitation via email prior to each program with all the details, including the day when registration will open. Teachers who want to begin receiving invitations from High School Physics Experiments should sign up through our Google form.



Payment is made by credit card at the time of booking. All payments will be officially receipted through our online system.



All sessions take place in the Physics Department, currently housed in the Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science (CCIS) Building. Physics Undergraduate Laboratories are located on the second basement (called Level L2). As different experiments are done in different rooms, upon your arrival, please meet the instructor in the foyer of the basement of CCIS in front of "The Shack", Room L2-136. The instructor will escort you and your students to the designated lab.



This linked map shows the location of the CCIS Building and the recommended parking locations.

Students and teachers may be dropped off/picked up at the E Lot Drop off/Pick Up Area just east of CCIS doors at the side of parking lot E. Parking lot E has visitor spots available for cars/minivans and parking fees apply.
Free bus parking is only found at the North West corner of Jubilee Auditorium and east of the University's Lister Centre.