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Welsh Physics Teachers Conference Brecon 2020

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The Welsh Physics Teachers Conference - Brecon 2020 Online #BreconOnline. Continuous Professional Development for teachers and technicians.

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The Institute of Physics - Welsh Physics Teachers Conference - a wonderful opportunity for teachers and techncians to take part in a wide variety of CPD activities . This free week of online workshops is open to teachers , technicians, newly qulaified teachers and trainee teachers

Monday 5th October 2020 - Saturday 10th October 2020

Monday 5th October

M1: 4pm Workshop: Cognitive Load Theory. Alessio Bernardelli

In this workshop we will explore the findings of educational research on Cognitive Load Theory and their implications to the learning of physics. We will also consider and propose a series of strategies and tools that could be used in the classroom and for remote learning to take into account these ideas and evidence. (repeated W3A)

M2: 5pm Workshop : Science on Stage Paul Nugent

Science on Stage is a European initiative designed to encourage teachers from across Europe to share best practice in science teaching. Ultimately, the aim of Science on Stage is to enable teachers to deliver science in a more creative and engaging way.

This session will explore many of the teaching ideas and resources from www.scienceonstage.ie Join us for some of the very latest experiments from the recent Cascais SonS Festival 2019. These experiments can be carried out by teachers or students, in school or at home.

M3: 6pm Workshop :The Resourceful Physics Teacher online. Keith Gibbs

Keith – author of The Resourceful Physics Teacher will introduce the teachers to a set of ten Virtual Practical experiments. These can be performed by students at home or used as actual practicals within school. He will also share a series of physics videos that he has prepared and discuss how they could be used in lessons. (repeated W3B)

M4: 7pm Keynote Talk : New Worlds. Prof Mike Edmunds

When I was a research student, many moons ago, we had no idea whether the Solar System was unique in the Universe, or whether there were many new worlds out there waiting to be discovered. That question has been spectacularly answered over the past twenty-five years, and acknowledged in the award of the 2019 Nobel Prize for Physics. I will look at what happened, and why, and how, using basic physics, we are discovering what it would be like to visit those new worlds.......................

Tuesday 6th October

T1: 4pm Worksohp : The Problem with Boys. Stephanie Bevan

In this workshop we will be exploring the perception of boys in the classroom inspired by examples from teachers, the book ‘Boy’s don’t Try’ by Matt Pinkett and Mark Roberts and lessons learnt from the Institute of Physics Improving Gender Balance Project. We will share the latest research and provide strategies to equip teachers to engage pupils. (repeated W4B)

T2: 5pm. Workshop Electromagnetism 200. David Keenahan

Electromagnetic theory is one of the cornerstones of physics. This workshop/webinar is based on demonstrations of the electromagnetic force in action. The force acting on a current-carrying conductor in a magnetic field can be used to cause spin. Galvanometers, electric motors and simple generators all make use of spin. Novel uses of these are a particular feature of this workshop.(repeated F3)

T3: 6pm Workshop Using sport to teach physics - like it or not. Dr Lawrence Cattermole

This session is for teachers who don’t particularly like sport as well as for those who do. By using the rich detail of aspects of particular sports, we can engage students and get them thinking about some of the tricky concepts that so many find difficult. Along with forces and motion, we will look at teaching some aspects of energy, waves, kinetic theory and even a bit of electrical circuits. Sports will include athletics, contact and non-contact sports. (repeated W4A)

T4: 7pm Networking. Virtual Quiz at Zeeras. Tony Reeves

Join us for a social evening which will include a quiz and opportunities to network

Wednesday 7th October

W1: 9am Keynote Lecture “Movement, measurement and the laws of motion” Prof Huw Summers- Swansea University

The development of mass-produced inertial sensors for consumer electronics has provided low-cost, wearable acceleration sensors. These lightweight systems can capture movement kinetics with millisecond resolution and so provide detailed time-series data on human motion. In this talk I will discuss the use of accelerometers to study human movement patterns and describe the signals analysis that provides information in two example studies - activity intensity of school children and the fitness levels of professional footballers.

In relation to science teaching, I aim to convince you that accelerometers provide a ready-tool for demonstrating the laws of motion and when applied to human movement also allow exploration of the fundamentals of physiological dynamics.

W2A: 10am Workshop : GCSE Science and GCE Physics Update WJEC Helen Francis- , WJEC Domain Leader – Mathematics

The Examinations Board will provide an update on GCSE examinations, and discuss Science and GCE Physics. (repeated S3A)

W2B: 10am Workshop Turning Points - Turning Points- tackling special relativity Richard Bonella

This session will focus on the special relativity element, which is a very condensed version of a more thorough approach and include concepts, mental models and maths, sample problems, good online resources linked to the AQA 'Turning Points' option or equivalent.

W3A: 11am Cognitive Load Theory. Alessio Bernardelli

In this workshop we will explore the findings of educational research on Cognitive Load Theory and their implications to the learning of physics. We will also consider and propose a series of strategies and tools that could be used in the classroom and for remote learning to take into account these ideas and evidence.

W3B:11am Workshop The Resourceful Physics Teacher online Keith Gibbs

Keith – author of The Resourceful Physics Teacher will introduce the teachers to a set of ten Virtual Practical experiments. These can be performed by students at home or used as actual practicals within school. He will also share a series of physics videos that he has prepared and discuss how they could be used in lessons.

W3C: 11am. Technician workshop

W4A: 12pm Workshop Using sport to teach physics - like it or not Dr Lawrence Cattermole

This session is for teachers who don’t particularly like sport as well as for those who do. By using the rich detail of aspects of particular sports, we can engage students and get them thinking about some of the tricky concepts that so many find difficult. Along with forces and motion, we will look at teaching some aspects of energy, waves, kinetic theory and even a bit of electrical circuits. Sports will include athletics, contact and non-contact sports. Suitable for all key stages.

W4B: 12pm Workshop The Problem with Boys. Stephanie Bevan

In this workshop we will be exploring the perception of boys in the classroom inspired by examples from teachers, the book ‘Boy’s don’t Try’ by Matt Pinkett and Mark Roberts and lessons learnt from the Institute of Physics Improving Gender Balance Project. We will share the latest research and provide strategies to equip teachers to engage pupils.

W4C:12pm. Technician workshop

W5A: 1pm workshop Not just Gamma and X-rays! Alison Alexander and Ruth Wiltsher

Using the electromagnetic spectrum and sound in medicine and dentistry. Medical applications of X-rays, gamma rays and ultrasound scanning are frequently used to demonstrate the use of physics concepts. This session will explore some of the less frequently mentioned applications of electromagnetic radiation and sound, including pulse oximeters, in ear thermometers and the breaking up of gallstones by sound waves. (repeated Th1)

W5B: 1pm Workshop Games and resources for the teaching of electricity and energy Tony Reeves

Tony Reeves has taught Physics for 108 terms. In 40 minutes he will endeavour to share some of the things that have worked well on the following topics from the WJEC GCSE Physics Specification:Electric circuits 1.2 Generating electricity 1.3 Making use of energy 1.4 Domestic electricity. Resources will include Top Trumps Energy cards{Word and pdf], an Energy Mix Simulation (Excel) and some PowerPoints that you can adapt to suit your own teaching.

W5C: 1pm Technicians Teachmeet

W6A:2pm Workshop Shades of Blended Learning. Keith Jones

In these disruptive times in school, there has never been a greater need for students to become more independent learners and for teachers to be more innovative in their learning strategies.A blended learning strategy offers face-to-face 'traditional' learning, complemented by self-study, both online and offline.This session will offer teachers the chance to explore and share what 'works best'. We will be using examples from both Google Docs and MS Forms.(repeated Th 2)

W6B: 2pm Improving Gender Balance from Primary Workshop Dr Anita Shaw

As in the rest of the UK, Wales’ gendered subject choices at A level underline a wider gender imbalance in our schools. But where does this start? We worked with two secondary schools in South Wales and seven of their feeder primaries. In this presentation we’ll look at the baseline data from the primary schools’ teacher and pupil questionnaires. This will include information about teacher specialty, their current experience of gender-related initiatives, pupils’ perceptions of who does which roles, pupils’ career aspirations and more. We’ll look at how this data informed our action plans and touch on some of the areas where we could see the possibility for change.(repeated

W6C:2pm Techncian workshop

W7A: 3pm Workshop Earth in Space: Graham Perrin

Excitement about Space is building again - Perseverence heading to Mars, Artemis back to the Moon. In this workshop, we'll look at our relationship with the heavens. We'll look at topics relevant to WJEC units 2.5 and 2.6 and, in the spirit of the Science Capital Teaching Approach, we'll look at the important contributions that people from Wales have made to field.(repeated F2)

W7B: 3pm Workshop Physics Education at home: DIY activities for home learning Gary Williams

The journal Physics Education has made available over 100 papers and articles from their archive that cover activities that students can do at home. These tend to be ideas for experiments or investigations for older students but there is a wide variety of resources from ideas for project work to ready to go questions, from 16+ to primary. Join Gary Williams, the Editor-in-Chief of Physics Education to discuss some of the listed papers and a few extra ideas too. All the links can be found here: https://iopscience.iop.org/journal/0031-9120/page/physics-education-at-home (repeated F1)

W8:4pm Wokshop Physics with Balloons Jo Kent

Using balloons to demonstrate a variety of physics phenomena which can be done by students at home, or demonstrated by a teacher. I will demonstrate a selection of simple activities which aim to keep students engaged with the subject. (repeated S3B)

W9:5pm Workshop Gravitational Waves - online resources . Dr Chris North

Although gravitational waves are not directly on the curriculum, they are of course a topical subject in science. there are a number of different ways in which they can be used to link to topics that are: from properties of waves, to trigonometry, and from interference to cosmology. There are also opportunities for looking at noisy data, and even (for the more adventurous) using code to extract and analyse data. We will explore the curriculum links and existing resources that can be used at GCSE and above. There are example datasets for hands-on experiments which might be useful if group practicals are impractical

W10: 6pm Workshop Sunglasses, Violins, and Electrons David Cotton

Suitable for specialist physics teachers. This session will concentrate on wave topics and will look mainly at teaching polarisation and standing waves. There will be demonstrations and ideas for practical work as well as ways to link standing waves to other aspects of physics. This session will include ways to visualise sound, including effective use of a Reuben’s tube, and ways to perform the required practical of measuring the speed of sound in a metal bar.

W11: 7pm Keynote Talk The planet of pollution Prof Averil Mac Donald

The risks to the planet pf pollution, plastics and fossil fuels are well reported. But exactly what could and should anyone of us do to protect the planet? There are many myths and misunderstandings mixed up with the good advice offered by the campaigning groups. Averil will explain some of the unintended consequences of the suggested actions, clarify what really can make a difference and try to answer any questions you have.

Thursday 8th October

Th1:4pm Workshop Not just Gamma and X-rays! Alison Alexander and Ruth Wiltsher

Using the electromagnetic spectrum and sound in medicine and dentistry. Medical applications of X-rays, gamma rays and ultrasound scanning are frequently used to demonstrate the use of physics concepts. This session will explore some of the less frequently mentioned applications of electromagnetic radiation and sound, including pulse oximeters, in ear thermometers and the breaking up of gallstones by sound waves.

Th2:5pm Workshop Shades of Blended Learning Keith Jones

In these disruptive times in school, there has never been a greater need for students to become more independent learners and for teachers to be more innovative in their learning strategies.A blended learning strategy offers face-to-face 'traditional' learning, complemented by self-study, both online and offline.This session will offer teachers the chance to explore and share what 'works best'. We will be using examples from both Google Docs and MS Forms.

Th3:6pm Workshop Improving Gender Balance – Unconscious Bias Dr Anita Shaw

How can we work towards gender balance in schools when our unconscious bias gets in the way? In this presentation we’ll look at what unconscious bias is, how prevalent and pervasive it is, and how we can address it in our quest to ensure social justice for all

Th4: 7pm Keynote Talk- Speaker – Dr Chris North - Cardiff University

Is there life on Venus? Teacher FAQ with researchers

As was reported heavily in the media, researchers from an international collaboration recently announced the discovery of the molecule phosphine (PH3) in the atmosphere of Venus. With no known explanations for where the molecules came from, the two explanations left are some unknown chemistry or biological processes - i.e. life. What's the basis on which the researchers have claimed life, how did they come to this conclusion, and what are the next steps in the journey of scientific discovery? Cardiff University's Dr Chris North will chair a session combining short summary talks from the researchers with a chance for teachers to ask their own questions - or those of their students!

Friday 9th October

F1: 4pm Workshop Physics Education at home: DIY activities for home learning Gary Williams

The journal Physics Education has made available over 100 papers and articles from their archive that cover activities that students can do at home. These tend to be ideas for experiments or investigations for older students but there is a wide variety of resources from ideas for project work to ready to go questions, from 16+ to primary. Join Gary Williams, the Editor-in-Chief of Physics Education to discuss some of the listed papers and a few extra ideas too. All the links can be found here: https://iopscience.iop.org/journal/0031-9120/page/physics-education-at-home

F2:5pm. Workshop Earth in Space: Graham Perrin

Excitement about Space is building again - Perseverence heading to Mars, Artemis back to the Moon. In this workshop, we'll look at our relationship with the heavens. We'll look at topics relevant to WJEC units 2.5 and 2.6 and, in the spirit of the Science Capital Teaching Approach, we'll look at the important contributions that people from Wales have made to field.

F3 : 6pm Workshop Electromagnetism 200 David Keenahan

Electromagnetic theory is one of the cornerstones of physics. This workshop/webinar is based on demonstrations of the electromagnetic force in action. The force acting on a current-carrying conductor in a magnetic field can be used to cause spin. Galvanometers, electric motors and simple generators all make use of spin. Novel uses of these are a particular feature of this workshop.

F4:7pm Keynote Show Bubbles: The Miracle of Physics! Sue Mc Grath

Static electricity is the secret force behind bubbles. It is the force that is responsible for surface tension in water. A force so big it actually prevents the formation of long-living, bubbles big or small. In this session Sue will share with you some lovely demonstrations explaining some of the physics surrounding bubbles - then will get you all involved in a bubble investigation - focussing on fair testing - with the aim to make the best bouncing bubble solution using just fairy liquid, water and glycerine.

Saturday 10th October

S1A: 9am :Workshop Developing a Research Informed Physics Curriculum for the ‘New KS3’. Anthony Clowser

Set in the context of Curriculum for Wales, a research and evidence based approach to teaching Physics at ‘Key Stage 3’ will be discussed. The scheme is based upon research into the cognitive demand required in the earlier stages of secondary school Science and common misconceptions held by learners.

S1B :9am Workshop Electromagnetism with Practical David Cotton

This workshop will be about the teaching of electromagnetism. It will include ideas and demonstrations with some easy to set up ideas for explaining Lenz’s Law. It will include demonstrations using electromagnetism in the sound industry and ideas that will link the specifications to real equipment. Ideal to engage students that play musical instruments and those that just enjoy music.

S2A :10am Workshop Science on Stage Workshop Part 2. Paul Nugent

Science on Stage is a European initiative designed to encourage teachers from across Europe to share best practice in science teaching. Ultimately, the aim of Science on Stage is to enable teachers to deliver science in a more creative and engaging way.This session will explore many of the teaching ideas and resources from www.scienceonstage.ie Join us for some of the very latest experiments from the recent Cascais SonS Festival 2019. These experiments can be carried out by teachers or students, in school or at home. This workshop will feature different experiments form Part 1

S2B: 10am Workshop Lego Physics. Lewis Mattheson

Join Lewis as he demonstrates many ways that you can use LEGO with your students from KS3 up to A Level, with ideas for bringing particle physics to life as a hands-on activity your pupils can get involved with.' Participants will receive a small set of LEGO and instructions on how the pieces can be used for the whole school

S3A: 11am Workshop GCSE Science and GCE Physics Update WJEC Helen Francis- , WJEC Domain Leader – Mathematics

The Examinations Board will provide an update on GCSE examinations, and discuss Science and GCE Physics.

S3B: 11am Workshop Physics with Balloon Jo Kent

Using balloons to demonstrate a variety of physics phenomena which can be done by students at home, or demonstrated by a teacher. I will demonstrate a selection of simple activities which aim to keep students engaged with the subject.

S4 12pm Keynote Show Taking up Space. Science Made Simple

There are some exciting and unexpected things going on to improve our lives, here at home and all over the world. And many of these things are thanks to the space industry. People working in space are not just astronauts – there are many different jobs requiring many different skills. This 40 minute interactive show helps Year 8 students see how the STEM skills they learn in school could lead them into a job in the space industry.

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