GoPhysics! Online Workshops
Ready to get answers to all those physics questions that keep you up at night? Perimeter Institute's GoPhysics! workshops give keen high school students the opportunity to reach beyond high school physics and dive into modern physics.
You can read the description of past workshops below and click here to receive an email notification when the next workshop dates are announced.
If your question is not answered below, please contact [email protected]
In GoPhysics! Gravity & Black Holes we’ll tackle some big questions: What is gravity? What can we learn from Newton’s and Einstein’s competing models? How do black holes, some of the most mysterious objects in our universe, fit into this discussion?
The workshop is free and includes independent asynchronous preparation, live online sessions with physicists, and lots of time for questions.
Two date options are available for Winter 2022. The content presented at each workshop is identical so you cannot attend both. In the application you will choose your preferred date or indicate ‘no preference’ if both dates fit your schedule.
Each workshop will require the completion of one hour of independent, asynchronous preparation prior to first online session. For students who wish to go deeper in their understanding, additional content will be available after the workshop for continued exploration.
Option 1: Saturday, February 26 - Applications for this date are now closed
- 10:30am – 12:00 ET - Interactive Online Session 1: Gravity and General Relativity
- 12:00pm – 2:30pm ET - Break and Additional 1.5 hours of Independent Exploration
- 2:30pm – 4:00pm ET - Interactive Online Session 2: Black Holes
- 4:00pm – 4:30pm ET - Break
- 4:30pm – 5:00pm ET - Optional speed-mentoring with Perimeter Institute physicists
Option 2: Monday, March 14 & Tuesday, March 15 - Applications for this date are now closed
- Monday, March 14
- 10:30am – 12:00 EDT - Interactive Online Session 1: Gravity and General Relativity
- Additional 1.5 hours of Independent Exploration
- Tuesday, March 15
- 10:30am – 12:00 EDT - Interactive Online Session 2: Black Holes
- 12:00 – 12:30pm EDT - Break
- 12:30pm – 1:00pm EDT - Optional speed-mentoring with Perimeter Institute physicists
Waterloo is in the Eastern Time Zone and Daylight Savings Time resumes on March 13. Compare your time zone to be sure you will be available.
- The entire workshop will be conducted in English. Fluency in both spoken and written English is required.
- You must currently be studying at the high school level (including online and homeschool)
- You must be currently taking or have completed Grade 11 Physics before the workshop date. If you have not yet begun Grade 11 physics, sign up for notification of future workshops.
- You’ll need at least a conceptual introduction to Newton’s force model for gravity. Be ready to explore topics like general relativity, curved spacetime, and black holes.
- International students are welcome to apply. Compare your time zone now to be sure you will be able to attend the scheduled sessions.
- This workshop was offered on November 20, 2021. Students who completed the workshop at that time are not eligible to attend again.
- The complete time commitment for the entire course is 6 hours, including independent preparation time before the first online session.
- This is your chance to connect with experts in the field and students who share your interests. Be ready to ask questions, think deeply, and make the most of this opportunity!
- You’ll need a dedicated device (minimum laptop or tablet screen-size), webcam, microphone, and strong, reliable internet connection during online sessions.
- Webcams must be turned on throughout the online sessions. We’ll turn ours on, too!
- We’ve built in lots of time for your questions, but some sessions may run 10-15 minutes longer than scheduled if needed. Students who leave at the scheduled end time will not be penalized in any way.
- GoPhysics! is a collaborative, not competitive, experience. There are no tests, exams, or formal presentations.
- The session will be conducted via Zoom with auto-transcription enabled. If you have questions about accessibility regarding this event, please contact the organizers at [email protected].