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Capital Physics Fifth Annual Conference

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Faculty of Engineering Sciences, University College London

Engineering Front Building

Malet Place

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WC1E 7JE

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A free, catered, whole-day Institute of Physics event of subject-specific CPD for teachers of A-level physics in London, to include two practical workshops, an academic lecture and an introduction to UCL's engagement programmes. This year's conference is kindly hosted by the Faculty of Engineering Sciences and the Centre for Engineering Education at UCL, with additional support from the Ogden Trust and the Mayor of London.

09.00 - 09.30 Registration and Refreshments

09.30 - 10.00 Welcome and Introductions

10.10 - 11.10 Activity in one UCL Engineering department ()

11.10 - 11.35 Refreshment break

11.40 - 12.40 Workshop 1

12.40 - 13.25 Lunch

13.30 - 14.30 Lecture: Physics and Engineering Displays (Dr Sally Day)

14.30 - 15.10 The Future: short meetings to explore possible collaboration for Sept 2018 and beyond

15.10 - 16.10 Workshop 2

16.15 - 16.30 Final words, evaluation forms, goodie bags and close


OPTIONS

On registering (or revisiting your application if you have already registered), you will be asked to select one UCL department to visit and one workshop for each of the two workshop sessions. The UCL department options will be finalised shortly from the list of five below, and summaries of the workshop options follow.

UCL Engineering departments:

Computer Science

Mechanical Engineering

Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Medical Physics and Biomedical engineering

Workshop Session 1:

A1 - Embedding Isaac Physics in your GCSE / A level teaching (Ally Davies). This session will focus on embedding Isaac in your teaching to reduce your workload: i) understanding Isaac Skills Mastery materials and how best to use them; ii) doing some Isaac GCSE and/or A-level Skills Mastery questions, so you are confident using them; iii) embedding Isaac in your teaching schemes.Please bring a WiFi enabled device to access Isaac and to edit your scheme(s) of work: any GCSE or A level topic that includes application of standard equations. This session will assume that you are familiar with setting tasks online, reviewing marks and associated pedagogy; if you do not already know how to do that, then please book a place now on an online introduction to teaching with Isaac - https://isaacphysics.org/events?types=teacher,virtual

B1 - RAF100: Physics in Context (Taj Bhutta). The RAF100 STEM club activities use the 100-year story of the RAF to put scientific developments into a historical context. This workshop will allow you to explore how the RAF100 practical activities can be used to support the teaching of A-level topics such as optics, moments, vectors and projectiles.

C1 - Bargain Basement Physics (Niloufar Wijetunge and Ben Wilkins). This workshop will look at physics demo's and experiments that can be carried out with a variety of everyday (cheap) materials. You will have the opportunity to consider the ways that these could be used to capture students' imagination and get them engaged in fruitful discussion.

D1 - Doing Physics with Balloons (Joanna Kent). How much of the physics curriculum can be taught using the humble balloon? This workshop will consider a variety of experiments and demonstrations and their relevance to teaching physics. Please feel free to share some of your own ideas of teaching physics with balloons.

Workshop Session 2:

A2 - Thermal Physics and kinetic theory (Robert Birke / Henry Hammond). Some ideas and activities will be offered in support of a stimulating approach to thermal physics and kinetic theory across the specifications. Ideas will build relevance and novel contexts. There will be some low cost approaches which allow hands-on work both in the workshop and for use back in your schools

B2 - Homopolar Motor and Electromagnetic Train: make and take (David Smith). The first electric motor invented by Michael Faraday was a homopolar motor. A model of this (not involving mercury!) will be demonstrated and a couple of more contemporary versions will be shown too. There will then be an opportunity to make (and explain) a simple ‘electric train’ based on the same principles that can be taken away afterwards.

C2 - A Modulated Laser Communication Device: make and take (John Parsons). This is a simple ‘make & take’ activity where a low powered laser is modulated by an signal from an audio device. The laser is directed at a solar (photovoltaic) cell and the output drives an audio amplifier speaker system. Participants will make and test the modulation circuit.

D2 - Electromagnetism (Trevor Plant). A circus of practical activities you can use in your classroom to demonstrate the motor effect, Lenz's Law and Faraday's Law as introduced at A-level.



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