Accenture: Apprenticeship Open Evening

Accenture is a multinational digital company who support businesses to develop their: Strategy, Digital, Operations, Technology and Industry. They have a range of opportunities from apprenticeships through to graduate programs, intern opportunities and summer vacation schemes.  Accenture looks after a number of projects for clients including the NHS, aerospace and finance sectors, and have even been involved with Google Glass and Universal Music!

They have a large base in Newcastle and are currently recruiting apprentices.

Find out more: 

On Wednesday 6th May (16:30 – 18:30) Accenture will be hosting an open evening for students, parents, guardians, teachers and careers advisers to find out more about their apprenticeship scheme.

What does the evening involve?

  • Meet current apprentices and find out their thoughts about the scheme
  • Speak with apprenticeship leads regarding opportunities at Accenture and the types of projects you could be working on
  • Receive great advice from the recruitment team on CV writing, interview techniques and the recruitment process (remember to bring your CV)!
  • Pizza!

The evening is aimed at school leavers or for young people who are perhaps interested in exploring further opportunities.

Location: Accenture, Cobalt Business Park, Newcastle Upon Tyne,  Tyne and Wear NE27 0QQ

For more information click: Newcastle Apprenticeships  or contact Stella Gauld by emailing on:

Featured Video: Ellie Gangel is currently on the apprenticeship scheme at Accenture and is really enjoying her time with the company. Think Physics had the opportunity to film her at Accenture. We were very impressed by Ellie’s enthusiasm towards her role, as well as the apprenticeship scheme on offer.  Ellie has some great advice for anyone considering this post-16 opportunity. Find out more by watching Ellie.


The Magic of Light Boxes

Think Physics, and Think Club members, had a great time at Maker Faire UK this weekend.  As you may have seen from our blog, we’ve been creating and making things for Maker Faire for a few weeks.

Here are some of the creations from our wall of light boxes.  There was an ever-changing parade of light sculptures on the wall, although some boxes lasted a little longer than others.

If you came along, can you spot your creation?

Your Future with Physics

The Institute of Physics (IOP) have have recently added some great new videos to their website.  They showcase how physics graduates use and apply the skills gained whilst studying physics to their work.

The skills acquired from studying physics are transferable and highly valued by employers.  According to the IOP studying physics helps you to develop:

  • Analytical skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Numerical skills
  • Ability to think objectively
  • Investigative skills
  • Communication skills

… as well as many more.

For example, in the video at the start of this post, Vinnie Kalcut, who is a senior finance analyst at record company BMG Chrysalis, discusses how she uses her physics skills as part of a company unearthing musical talent!

To find out more about Vinnie, and other physicists putting their skills to use across a variety of sectors visit the IOP website – Your Future with Physics  

Teachers: The videos are great to use as session starters in classes to promote future career possibilities, and the transferable skills students gain by studying physics!



The Wonders of the Sun

Think Club 0 – Maker Week, day 5+1. Pendulum predicament edition

Maker Week may be over, but there’s plenty of making still to be done. You’ll notice from the picture above that I’ve been hacking away at the turntables again. Meanwhile, Joe now has a refined version of our LED lamps sorted out. It’s pretty neat, and bright enough, but we’ve counted up and realised we’ve the means to make a lot more lamps. Tomorrow is likely to see some production-line soldering.

The biggest challenge of the day, however, has been the pendulum:


Joe is right to look pensive. We wired things up, swung a kettle, heard chime roughly when we’d expect them – then, just as we started to celebrate, we noticed that the chimes were, in fact, coming entirely at random. Drat.

We scratched our heads, rewired, tried again. It was worse.

We scowled at it, tried something else. That didn’t work either.

Eventually… we ate some of the biscuits. Subsequently, we think we have a solution. It’s a bit touch-and-go, but close enough that we reckon we can afford to sleep tonight. We’ll pick up the pieces in the morning and see if our current thinking is correct.


Think Club 0 – Maker Week, day 5


We forgot the biscuits.

Whilst you’re all pondering how that could possibly happen – and today, being the end of maker week, I had some really good biscuits, let me tell you – here’s what we did:

Above, the Think Club crew beavering away. I have absolutely rubbish photos of the incredibly intricate soldering work being done to assemble our advanced lights for Light Play. So I won’t show you the photos, but I will tell you about the lights, since they’re works of art. We have Trinkets – which are like half an Arduino, if that means anything to you – powered off a single 1.5V cell via a step-up board that works, as far as we can tell, via unicorns. The Trinket drives a handful of Neopixel RGB LEDs, and a couple of controls allow you to set the colour, or the rate change of colour. It’s all terribly neat and self-contained, and particularly pretty. Pictures next week, promise.

Meanwhile, we assembled the pendulum frame and finally got around to hanging the pendulums. Pendula. Penduloptera. Whatever:

Pendulum hanging

What really surprised us was that our frame was clearly wonky. Like: properly out-of-kilter. With trepidation we offered up a spirit level to the cross-member, and found this:


Huh. Well, that’s fine, then. I guess.

The pendulum array now looks like this:

Pendulums hung

OK, so there’s one missing from the end, and the lengths aren’t sorted, and we need to tidy lots of things up, and we haven’t got the instrumentation in place, and we have yet to even begin the essential stage which is ‘flashing light optimisation’… but you get the idea. Suddenly, the undergrads revising for exams in the quiet work area just outside Think Lab went from wholly indifferent to ‘ooh, shiny!’ and started talking to us. Which was nice, and gave us a taste of how people might respond when they see this thing in place at the Faire next weekend.

So – huge thanks to the Think Club 0 crowd for their endeavours this week, they’ve done a heap of work and have been delightful company to boot. The bulk of the work for both projects is done; next week Andrew, Joe, Sarah and myself have a bunch of finishing-up to do, then… dun-dun-duuuuurrrrrr: Maker Faire UK. Woohoo!

We also seem to have a gigantic pile of biscuits to scoff. What a disaster that is.

Think Club 0 – Maker Week, day 4

Maker week was busy enough today that I mostly took photos of the empty lab at the end of the day, like the abandoned soldering table at the top of this post. However, here’s Jess in flow making turntables, and Chris in deep code:

Turntables were most definitely on the menu today, with Jess, Lauren and Sarah completing at least a dozen:

Turntable assembly line

We’ve also made significant progress on the rest of the light wall, and there’s been lots of marking up of the pendulum frame. Also, on my way home tonight:


Oh yes. We have pendulum bobs. Though I think the people in the queue behind me at the checkout were a little confused about why I was buying quite so many kettles.

Tomorrow: bringing it all together. >ulp<

Think Club 0 – Maker Week, day 3

A quiet day today, with family commitments reducing the turn-out. Nevertheless, Joe’s particularly proud of getting the colour-changing lamps to work. My still photo above really doesn’t do them justice.

Pendulum frame

We’ve assembled the two ends of the pendulum support structure. Look at the size of that thing!


We now have a working turntable design which is slow enough to look good. It’s a bit bodged but works surprisingly well, particularly since it relies on a chopstick as a key component. I’m unreasonably delighted by that.

Meanwhile, Chris was immersed in Sonic Pi, the Scalextric was briefly up-and-running, and Andrew’s done a heap of calculations around the pendulums, working out what notes we should go for and hacking my simulation code so we’ve had a bit of a listen. It’s much less irritating than it was.

Oh, and we’ve ordered another round of electronic bits, and most importantly restocked the biscuit supplies. With exciting new varieties, no less.

So tomorrow we’ve mass-production of turntables to arrange, lights to finish assembling, colour-changing light circuits to solder up, and pendulum bracing to sort. We’re hoping the Think Clubbers come back after their day off. Otherwise, a busy day will become a hectic day.

Sci-Pop. Think Physics visits North Shields

Think Physics had a great day at the Beacon Centre in North Shields for our very first pop-up shop, Sci-Pop.

Over 200 people attended our family science activities, and had a great time learning about sound by making  ‘noisy lollies’, wind by making Think Physics windmills, and electricity by making their own light up circuit cards. We were also talking about body heat and taking infrared selfies, talking about engineering on our marble-bounce activity and getting up close with biology with our giant 3D bug pictures.

See what we got up to:


Explore your Universe Family Show

70 children and their grown-ups attended our Explore your Universe Family Show – a science spectacular from atoms to astrophysics. We learnt about the eclipse, plasma, how light travels, static electricity and how to make your hair stand on end. We even took a look at some meteorites which are 4.6 billion years old!

“I maybe would have liked science if it had been like this at school” Parent

Think Physics will be delivering Explore your Universe shows around the North East, so if you would like to request a show please email

Design a Planet Competition Winners

We ran a drawing competition during the day, and asked entrants to design a planet that would be suitable for life. We had some amazing entries, which made it very difficult to narrow down our favourites. The winning entries are from Dylan, Madeline and Arenus. Each of you will receive a gyroscope.


Thanks to everyone who came along to Sci-pop. We hope you enjoyed it.

Thanks especially to the Beacon Centre for hosting us, and in helping create such a successful event.




Think Club 0 – Maker Week, day 2

A day of concentration, quiet focus, and trying to work out whether there’s any limit to Lauren’s new-found obsession with Sonic Pi. Turns out: nope, five hours straight wasn’t nearly enough time to exhaust her fascination.

Today was a bit of a skills day. Soldering (note to self: next time, buy the kits with the pre-programmed PIC controllers. Sorry, everyone), Arduino stuff, Sonic Pi… and a little wiring up of lights for the light wall. I’m delighted to report that Think Club has finally earned the ‘Let the blue smoke out of some electronics’ achievement, though since the LED in question is still sort-of working we’re not sure it counts.

Today’s game of choice: Snake Oil. Unanimous vote to play it again at the end of the day rather than Spaceteam, so we’ve clearly some work to do in choosing tomorrow’s game.

Speaking of tomorrow: pendulum raising, turntable construction, and possibly a few more boxes to cut.