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12th Annual Welsh Physics Teachers Conference

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00:00 2 Oct 2013 – 00:00 3 Oct 2013
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Christ College, Brecon, Bridge St, Brecon, Powys LD3 8AF

A wonderful opportunity for teachers and technicians to take part in a wide variety of physics CPD. This free day of workshops is open to all teachers, technicians, newly qualified teachers and trainee teachers.

During the day Dr Ceri Brenner will give a presentation and you will have the opportunity to attend workshops exploring a diverse range of physics topics.

9.15: Registration, tea/coffee
9.30: Welcome
9.45: Key-note speech
10.45: Choice of workshops: E1, S1, T1
11.45: News Slot for Teachers / Technicians Meeting
12.15: Demonstrations in labs/Exhibition Area of physics equipment with opportunities to share ideas.
13.15: Choice of workshops: A1, A2, A3, A4, A5
14.30: Choice of workshops: B1, B2, B3, B4, B5
15.45: Closing session
16.15: Depart

Workshop options:
E1 Examination bodies
• E1a – AQA
• E1b – Edexcel
• E1c – OCR
• E1d – WJEC

S1 What can the IOP offer ITT students?
To help support your physics teaching, the IOP offers free resources to all student science teachers at all secondary levels through our Student Teacher Affiliation Scheme. During this presentation you will learn about all the different IOP resources, the online community website,, and the USB stick that all ITT students receive after they become a Student Teacher Affiliate.

T1/A5 Wobblers and Whistlers and Wink
This workshop is intended to prepare you for demonstrating transverse and longitudinal waves. You will make a small wave generator (The Wobbler) that packs as big a punch as much dearer models, you will receive a 2m-long rod (The Whistler) with which you can astound your students (or just irritate their hearing) and you will assemble an IOP designed reflection spectroscope. There will be an opportunity to try your creations and to ask questions about their use.

A1/B1 Smart Materials
Materials Science has had a huge impact on our society as materials have been developed to meet specific needs notably in the fields of metallurgy and plastics technology. In the future Smart Materials will change society in ways we can’t envisage. This workshop looks at a range of Smart Materials, materials with novel mechanical, electrical and thermal properties. Many of these materials are set to become part of our everyday lives in the near future, some of them already are, but they will become much more common in the future! Participants will have the opportunity to take part in a hands-on session of investigations and demonstrations based on a variety of these materials which are suitable for classroom use, including muscle wires, thermochromic film, foamed ceramic sheet, smart grease, slime and others. Each of the activities includes some existing practical applications of the material, but new applications are being found all the time.

A2/B2 Hands On Particle Physics
In this workshop we look at a variety of ideas centered around the Standard Model particles which all involve getting your hands on something rather than it being a theoretical exercise. From atomic models of gold foil to cuddly particles to books. If your particle physics teaching needs a bit of sparkle then come along; and if it doesn’t need it then come along and share your good ideas!

A3/B3 Mathematics for A level Physics
Many A level students have a need for a maths course companion for A level physics: AS students making the transition from GCSE; those not doing A level maths; those wanting a good maths grounding for degree courses in physics and engineering. Mathematics for A level Physics (pub. July 2013), by Gareth Kelly and Nigel Wood, aims to cater for these students and their teachers.

A4/B4 Mystery Boxes – How DOES science work?
Uses Science Museum Mystery Boxes kit to support “How Science Works” in a very practical and thoughtful way. For KS3, KS4 and A-level - not specifically any one science, more about the scientific method. In spite of its simplicity, it offers students and teachers a powerful hands-on way to explore this important question.

B5 The Electromagnetic Spectrum
This workshop covers the electromagnetic spectrum at KS4 and KS5. Topics include the uses and properties of the EM spectrum from radio waves to x-rays, covering aspects of communication, medical and space physics and some A level material. The workshop introduces teaching approaches, difficult concepts, practical activities, demonstrations, and computer resources to help you make the topic more relevant and interactive for pupils. Freebies to take away include a make-and-take spectroscope.

Event type: Conference
Organised by: Institute of Physics
Contact details: To register and for more information, go to

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Christ College, Brecon, Bridge St, Brecon, Powys LD3 8AF
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00:00 2 Oct 2013 – 00:00 3 Oct 2013
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