Excite with Science

Ref: C3672955

An introduction to the FUNdamentals of Physics. A practical, experiment-based science course that WILL prove science can be fun and not scary. After you have started this course you will be able to inspire your friends and family to enjoy science too. No previous knowledge or experience is required, just an enquiring mind and a willingness to explore Forces, Magnetism and the Solar System through a range of experiments in a safe environment. Along the way you will also learn to plan and conduct your own experiments and use relevant scientific terminology.

Course aim

To prove that science can be interesting, accessible and fun, no matter what your age or prior experience. To explain the scientific principles behind our daily lives.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Explain Newton's First Law of Motion.
  • Name and describe the effects of four natural forces.
  • Describe one simple machine and give an example of its use.
  • Name the largest planet in the Solar System

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may wish to explore concepts further in your own time. If you do so you will be encouraged to share your findings with your fellow students.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided
  • You will need a pen and pencil.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • Enrol on an Excite with Science course based on Chemistry or Biology.

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Excite with Science


You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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