Education and outreach

Introducing the “I am a physicist” challenge

We’ve teamed up with Girlguiding Nottinghamshire to launch a new “I am a physicist” challenge, a badge for would-be physicists. 


The challenge is designed to introduce girls and young women to the fascinating world of physics in a way that is accessible, fun and educational.

The badge itself is being piloted in Nottinghamshire - led by the IOP East Midlands in partnership with Girlguiding - but the challenge and resources are available for anyone to use. 

Deborah Phelps, safety and reliability engineer at Rolls Royce Civil Aerospace and also a Brownie leader in West Bridgford, was the driving force behind setting up the challenge. “We want to show girls that physics is interesting, fun and worth considering as a career. We’ve designed the challenge to appeal to girls of all ages, with activities suitable for five-year-olds right through to 18-year-olds.”

With the International Day of Women and Girls in Science happening today (11 February), it’s the perfect time to get involved and try the challenge. This day is a chance for women all over the world to talk about what they do in physics. Follow the hashtag #iamaphysicist to join in or find out more. 

For more information on the challenge, download the challenge syllabus (PDF, 1MB) or visit the Girlguiding Nottinghamshire website.

Read more about the work of Deborah Phelps with the Institute and how you can take part.