F2k Outreach Centre of the Department

The F2k Outreach Centre promotes understanding of and interest in contemporary physics and technology among Finns. We approach this primarily by developing physics education and having strong contacts to physics teachers nationally; the Centre operates within Physics Teacher Education of the Department. F2k offers a variety of activities, events and personal support for teachers and students, for the children and young and for the general public. Some events are offered also in Swedish. F2k is organized as a part of the National LUMA centre.


During March 2014, the alumni evening of the campus was organized. This event brings together the alumni and the personnel of the Department. The alumni evening attracted about 60 visitors to the Physics department.

F2k laboratory

In 2014, the operation of the F2k-laboratory and its activities were continued and developed further. The F2k-laboratory offers hands-on experiments in modern and contemporary physics for upper secondary school teachers and students, and demonstrations and presentations for other visitors of the Department.

F2k-laboratory offers an experimental approach to the physics of the 21st century and the phenomena that form the basis of contemporary research in the Department. The operation of the F2k-laboratory provides bridge between the school physics and contemporary physics. Visitors of the F2k-laboratory were able to make experiments that cannot be accomplished in schools. The experiments in modern physics covered e.g. the Millikan experiment, photoelectric effect, black body radiation, a variety of spectral measurements, and the Thomson experiment. During the year a new setup for studying induction was developed. F2k-laboratory linked these experiments to the present-day research and applications. The aim is also to arouse the visitors’ interest in physics.


Equipment to determine the charge of the electron

During the year, the F2k-laboratory attracted altogether about 400 visitors. The visitor groups were mainly pupils from various levels, but in addition groups of teachers and other visitors were hosted. We prepared the material also in Swedish language and among the visiting groups some were from Swedish speaking schools. In-service teacher training was given to physics teachers from secondary schools. Many of the trained teachers brought their classes to the F2k-laboratory afterwards. Group visits, typically including two hours of hands-on experiments, were integrated as a part of the course on modern physics in upper secondary school. The total number of the visiting groups was about 50. In addition to these working sessions, demonstrations and presentations were shown to dozens of school groups. Some groups were also prepared for their visit to CERN.

Many other visitors, including co-operation partners and international guests of the Department, were introduced to the F2k-laboratory. Outreach activities also involved Amazing race of science event for pupils.

Other services for science teachers

In 2014 the Department arranged the traditional course for in-service science and mathematics teachers. This time the topic of the course was ”Changing world view and new frontiers of cosmology”. The course, attended by 39 teachers, ran for a week and included a variety of lectures given by the staff of the Department, and a lot of experimental work.

F2k arranged workshops in several teacher-training events outside the Department too, and consulted science teachers in problems related to physics or physics teaching. F2k maintained and developed a library with literature on physics education, and a web site with electronic resources for physics teaching. The web site also includes a service by which schools can search for substitute physics teachers among the students of the Department.

Outreach events for the youth and children

In 2014, the F2k-club events were offered to 13-19-year old pupils. The purpose of the F2k-club is to offer a view on contemporary physics through popular lectures, and an opportunity to converse with physicists and see their laboratories. These events were organized together with outreach centres of other departments and were called as “Dyna-miitti”.

Additionally, some 40 guided tours to the research laboratories of the Department were arranged for school groups, mainly from upper secondary schools. In addition, the department organized 40 workshops in schools. The Department also provides an opportunity for gifted pupils to study some basic university courses in physics already during upper secondary school.

The department was active in organizing the Thinkfest event which was organized at the downtown campus of the University and participated also the local communal day activities.

Outreach activities also included events for children. The traditional and popular summer camps for children were organized again and attracted 50 children to the Department.