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
    • Work Experience program for Year 10 students

    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 at

    Laby VCE Physics Teachers' Grant

    The Laby Foundation is offering grants with the aim of building capacity in physics teaching across Victoria, specifically targeting (but not solely limited to) disadvantaged and rural schools. The grants are available to help fund teachers to attend the Focus on Physics In-Service event.

    We invite applications from interested schools/teachers. Funding up to $500 per school is available, depending on circumstances. Funds are to cover registration fee and CRT cost. The number of grants are limited and will be assessed in the order they are received.

    Provide your case for sponsorship (a substantiated statement) based on the following selection priorities:

    • Geographical and/or socio-economic disadvantage
    • Access to high-quality professional learning in order to strengthen capacity in teaching physics
    • Low uptake of science subjects at VCE level, particularly physics, and/or low science profile in the school
    • Other disadvantage identified by applicant.

    Complete and submit the online application form, which includes your response to the selection priorities. Your statement addressing one or more of the selection priorities must be concise, totalling no more than 500 words. We are looking for key factors supporting your application, with brief substantiation (e.g. school data, web address to evidence, clear statement of fact). A letter advising of the outcome of the grant will be sent to applicants. Successful applicants will be advised how to arrange payment of funding (CRT and/or travel costs only) which will be paid after the event. Registrations close on 17 November.

  • Work Experience

    Our work experience program aims to give Year 10 students the opportunity to experience a week at the University from the perspective of both a research student and an academic. With three streams to choose from (Astrophysics, Particle Physics and Nanoscale Imaging), there is a specialism to suit any student's interest in physics. Students will undertake a wide variety of fun and educational activities and projects throughout the week that will both engage and inspire.

    Applications for this popular program are currently closed. Any further enquiries can be directed to Clare Kenyon Please note that due to staffing and timing constraints, we are unable to offer any work experience outside the official program dates.

    More Information…

  • 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.

    Join us at 5.30 pm for a drink and snack. The lectures will start at 6 pm and finish at 7.30 pm and will be held in the Hercus Theatre, Physics South Building.

    Please register your attendance for each night through the links below. Students who register for all eight lectures will be recognised at the last lecture in the 2019 series.

    Lecture 1

    Wednesday 20 March : What makes the Tides? Associate Professor Roger Rassool


    Lecture 2

    Wednesday 1 May: Light: Particle or Wave? Professor Harry Quiney


    Lecture 3

    Wednesday 15 May: Thunberbolts and Lightning Jacinta den Besten


    Lecture 4

    Wednesday 29 May: The Big Bang Theory Dr Christian Reichardt


    Lecture 5

    Wednesday 12 June: Special Relativity Dr David Simpson


    Lecture 6

    Wednesday 14 August: Radiation Jacinta den Besten


    Lecture 7

    Wednesday 28 August: The Exam Clare Kenyon


    Lecture 8

    Wednesday 11 September: Special event – Quantum Computing Prof Lloyd Hollenberg


    Lecture titles and registration links will be updated throughout the term.

    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