Physics Outreach

The School of Physics engages in outreach activities directed at secondary schools, the general public, our alumni and friends as well as the wider physics' communities.

  MUPPETS laser show for the community at Mildura
MUPPETS laser show for the community at Mildura

  • About us

    Programs run by the School include:

    • in-school and on-campus demonstration lectures for primary and secondary schools (MUPPETS, WARP).
    • enrichment studies for secondary school students (Physics VCE Lectures)
    • resources for science teachers
    • Telescopes in Schools
      run by the Astrophysics Group in partnership with the ARC Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics, Quantum Victoria and Melbourne Planetarium
    • Growing Tall Poppies
      addressing gender inequity in the areas of Science Technology Engineering & Maths (STEM).

    Programs run by the University include:

    • University of Melbourne Extension Program (UMEP) in which secondary students may take 1st year university level Physics subjects. More details on the UMEP program..
  • Contact us

    If you would like to contact us regarding a School trip, or borrowing equipment, or anything Physics related, please don't hesitate to email

  • Teachers

    Each year the School hosts an In-service day for secondary science/physics teachers. It is designed to keep them aware of developments in physics research and to assist them in keeping them informed regarding the current VCE physics syllabus. Spaces are normally limited so it is best to register as soon as possible.

  • Work Experience

    Each year we host more than 20 Year 10 secondary school students to do work experience with us. During the week in late June, the students attend talks, conduct experiments and collaborate on a small research project, which is presented on the last day. The students get a small taste of university life both as a student and as an academic, with the opportunity to speak to research students and academics about their work and how they came to this stage in their career.

    More Information…

    Applications for this popular program can be made through the Faculty of Science webpage. Applications open in early February and close mid-March each year. All enquiries can be made to

  • VCE Lectures

    Are you interested in a career in Science or Engineering? Eager to find out more about the world around you?

    You will find studying Physics a lot easier with these special lectures. They are based directly on the VCE Study Design, and presented by outstanding experts in the various areas.

    1 June – Associate Professor Jeff McCallum
    Electric Power

    20 July – Dr Katie Mack
    All about dark matter

    3 August – Professor Harry Quiney
    Wave Particle Duality

    14 September – Ms Clare Kenyon
    How to pass the exam

    It's free!

    Contact us directly at

  • Notes from Past Lectures

    Roger Rassool - Mechanics

    Jeff McCallum - Circular Motion

    Lachlan Thompson - Physics of Flight (Bernoulli)

    David Jamieson - Relativity - Additional Notes

    David Jamieson - Relativity

    Max Thompson - Energy from Nucleus

    Gary Egan - Physics and Medical Diagnosis

    Nick Nicola - All about electricity

    Alex Mazzolini - "Electronics and Photonics: our modern world."

    VCE relativity 2012

    Jeff McCullum: Electricity VCE lecture 2012

    Prof. Max Thompson -Materials, structures and fractures VCE Lectures 2013

    MNT 2013.pdf 2.61 MB