UCL Department of Physics and Astronomy



The Physics and Astronomy department is committed to engaging and inspiring the young physicists of the future. We offer a number of activities to schools, linked both to the National Curriculum and to the exciting research undertaken at the University. We are happy to visit schools but can also host small school groups in order to give them an experience of University.

Upcoming Events

Dark Matter Day: Looking for the Hidden Mysteries of the Universe


UCL Observatory

Wednesday 31st October

Come and join us for an exploration into one of the greatest mysteries of the Universe; The Hunt for Dark Matter. Schools will have an opportunity to be part of demonstrations, talk to and have their questioned answered by real-life researchers into dark matter and tour the telescopes we have on site (and a peek at the Sun if the weather permits). 

We are targeting Upper Key Stage 2 in the morning and Secondary Schools and 6th Forms in the afternoon.  Will have something to see and do for everyone, as they learn about how dark matter is searched for and why physicists think it exists in the first place.

Children will learn not only about Dark Matter, but also the experience of where learning about Science can lead, develop their own problem solving skills and bring a sense of wonder and awe back into the classroom.

We are keen to carry out free follow-up visits to your school later on in the year to reinforce the learning experience and deliver new content from new members of staff and students studying Natural Sciences, Physics and Astronomy at the University.  See http://www.ulo.ucl.ac.uk/about-ulo/find-us/ for details of how to find us.  Contact mark.fuller@ucl.ac.uk for details and to book your classes place for free onto one of our tour sessions on the 31st October.