Join us for a full day of CPD: teachers, technicians and trainees welcome, whether you are a physics specialist or not. This free conference is an excellent opportunity to engage with other teachers from across the Northwest. It includes hands-on activities which will help build your teaching repertoire and it is a great chance to network.
09:00 Registration and coffee
09:45 Lecture: ‘Sounds Amazing’ by Dr Ed Daw, Sheffield University
11:00 Workshop 1*
13:00 Workshop 2*
14:00 Workshop 3*
15:00 Lecture: ‘Physics Showing Off’ by the Institute of Physics
A. ‘Getting to grips with Energy’: recent changes to the energy specs have caused some discomfort in some quarters. Come to this workshop to help get a few of them smoothed out!
B. ‘Doing Physics’: a series of 20 short intriguing practicals, cheap and easy to set up which provoke the question ‘why is it doing that?’ . These are very flexible and may be used as starters, revision or as an overview at the start of a new topic.
C. ‘Everyday Physics with Marvin and Milo’: Marvin and Milo will guide you through some Everyday Physics practicals. Their experiments all use readily-available, cheap items to create some Physics fun! Some of the practicals make great starters or plenaries, while others could be extended into more detailed investigations. The session will give you ideas across the Physics curriculum and the key stages.
D. ‘Make and Take Rockets’: Using simple plumbing components this workshop is designed to give practical hands on insights into the nature of rocketry. Each participant in this workshop will also take one away!
E. ‘Forces and Gravity’: an alternative way of spicing up this topic using cheap and easily available equipment.
F. ‘Earth in Space’: a practical approach to awakening interest in this topic that can be taught skimpily due to ‘lack of practicals’.
G. ‘The new GCSE required practicals’: an overview and suggestions as to how they might be approached.