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Annual IOP South West Physics CPD Day

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Thank you for booking to attend the SPN South West Annual Physics Day on Friday 23rd June 2017. Please note: non-attendance without informing the organisers as early as possible may result in an admin and catering fee being charged to your school/college. We wish to offer any vacant places to others as early as possible, so please let us know promptly by emailing sg2@soton.ac.uk if you are no longer able to attend.

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This popular CPD day features a mix of practical workshops, inspiring talks and congenial networking. All teachers of physics, technicians and trainees are welcome. Sessions will include ideas for those new to physics teaching as well as the more experienced, with stimulating material for use in your labs and classrooms with ages 11 upwards. Refreshments and lunch provided.

Cost: FREE (met by the IOP with support from the University of Exeter)

Expected outcomes:

  • Explore novel resources for teaching and supporting physics in the classroom

  • Experience curriculum-focused activities that raise motivation and attainment

  • Expand your understanding of some of the latest progress in physics

  • Exchange ideas and best practice with colleagues

This day is organised by Alastair Cuthbertson, IOP 11-18 physics network coordinator for Devon & Cornwall. Workshops are run by IOP Network Coordinators and the Teaching and Learning Coaches from the Stimulating Physics Network (SPN). There will be lots of useful references and resources for your teaching back in school!

PROGRAMME

9:15-9:45 Registration and refreshments

9:45-9:55 Welcome

9:55-10:45 Keynote demonstration lecture:

Roy Sambles


10:45-10:55 Introductions

10:55-11:15 Break for refreshments

11:15-12:30 Workshop 1 Options A, B, D (double length workshop continuing after lunch), E

NB: Option F is pm only

12:30-13:30 Lunch, exhibition and displays

13:30-14:45 Workshop 2 Options A, B, D (part 2 of double length workshop), E, F

14:50-15:40 Have you ever shown them this?

Tour our selection of classroom-ready, student-friendly teaching ideas

15:40-15:45 Evaluations and close (goody-bags on departure)

Workshop Option descriptions - Please make a choice for each session

Make a note of your choices before booking because you will not be able to see these full descriptions at the booking stage.

Option A: Developing Academic Resilience: the Physics context - Led by Nicky Thomas (KS3 - KS5) Academically resilient students overachieve compared to their peers and circumstances, because they make the most of their abilities and opportunities. Nicky identifies it as a ‘game-changer’ in her school. Nicky is the IOP’s Improving Gender Balance project leader for the South region and is finding this a practically successful approach towards increased girls’ take-up that is equally valid for boys – supporting raised achievement in a range of subjects, not only physics! After this workshop, you will understand a simple model of academic resilience, and have strategies to hand that will support your students, ready for classroom use straightaway.

Option B: Make an Ultrasound Transmitter and Receiver - Led by Phil Bunney & Lin Harwood (KS3 - KS4) A ‘Make-and-Take’ workshop. In the session we will aim to make and test ultrasound transmitters and receivers that can be used for a range of practical activities, particularly at KS4 and 5. These simple devices can be used for demonstrations or group work. When linked to a signal generator and oscilloscope they can be used in GCSE experiments such as measuring the speed of sound in air – a good alternative to going outside with two blocks of wood and a trundle wheel! Similarly for A level practical requirements such as investigating two source interference patterns. Components provided free on the day. Support with the simple soldering involved will be available.

Option D: Make an Electric Circuit Model for 'What the Electrons Do' - Led by Gary Williams (KS4 - KS5)In this ‘Make-and-Take’ double length workshop we will build a novel model that you can use in teaching to demonstrate concepts such as potential difference and current in terms of electron flow around a circuit. The model can be used at KS3 as well as KS4-5 and is different to other models you may already be familiar with. Based on the ideas in Drude's theoretical model - drifting electrons scattered by ions in the metal lattice - we will consider how some of the misconceptions often introduced or reinforced through teaching can be addressed through discussion of this model with students. Materials provided free on the day: one set of materials per school – two pairs of hands working together will save time, eg teacher and technician, though it’s do-able on your own! No soldering.

Option E: Space Science on Earth? Physics in a Box - Led by Alessio Bernardelli (KS3)Includes a ‘Make-and-Take’ activity. Find out how students can follow the example of Tim Peake’s physics demonstrations, during his time on the International Space Station, but here on Earth! You will make and then be able to take away your own starter demonstration set up in a box, along with capturing the film footage of it and some ideas for follow-up. You will need to bring your own smartphone. Other materials provided free on the day.

Option F (pm only): STEM in a Bag Physics for STEM Clubs - Led by Cerian Angharad (KS3)In this workshop there will be an opportunity to discuss and try out some ideas as well as make some basic kit that may help pupils in your school gain a clearer understanding of physics at KS3 level. We will also look at some ideas and projects that could be used in a STEM Club. This workshop focuses on teaching and learning using alternative strategies! Bring along your own ideas and suggestions to share. Free resources to take away.

If you have any difficulties making your booking, please email sg2@soton.ac.uk

For questions about the content of the day, please contact Alastair Cuthbertson, IOP Physics Network Coordinator for Devon and Cornwall, at mandacuthbertson@gmail.com

The cost of running this event is covered by the Institute of Physics and is generously supported by the University of Exeter. This support enables us to make this event free to attend, so please do book a place, however if you find you are no longer able to attend, we would really appreciate you letting us know as early as possible, so that we can cancel your place and make it available to someone else - Thank you.



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