Ways to inspire young physicists
* Rather than stick to the syllabus, seek out extra-curricular activities, such as a trip to a university putting on special events.
* Look at careers and tell students about them. Keep up to date.
* Teach subject matter as it fits into careers and everyday life: for instance, tyre marks from accidents help explain mechanics for Year 12.
* Use interest in sports: use football to explain forces, friction, the magnus force and "bend it like Beckham".
* Get to know pupils and their interests. Get them to write a short CV so that if, say, they like music you can relate it to acoustics; or if they live on a farm you can use tractor gears and hydraulics.
* Be prepared to put in extra time - it's a big sacrifice but totally worth it.
* Enter competitions: building the team spirit helps learners to help each other. Even if our team hadn't won, they learned so much.
* Don't put anyone off entering. It's not just the bright kids. Everyone has something to offer.