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20 June 2018
9:15 am - 3:30 pm
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43rd Annual Northern Irish Physics Teachers Conference

A day of presentations and workshops for teachers of physics

20th June 2018 – 9:15 – 15:30
Campbell College,
Belmont Road,

A wonderful opportunity for teachers to take part in a wide variety of physics CPD activities. This day of workshops is open to all teachers of physics – specialists, non-specialists, newly qualified and trainee teachers.

The event includes a day full of activities that can directly benefit your work as a physics teacher, including:
• A choice of practical workshops and an opportunity to try out new equipment, including practical demonstrations for the teaching of physics at all levels.
• We also encourage you to bring your own ideas and equipment and share them with colleagues.
• An opportunity to meet colleagues and discuss the changes in specifications and examinations.
• An exhibition area with suppliers and book publishers.


Registration, tea/coffee 09:15
Welcome 09:25
New Worlds for the Next Generation, Prof Alan Fitzsimmons, QUB 09:35
Choice of Workshop A1-3 10:40
Choice of Workshops B1-3 11:50
Lunch/Visit Exhibitors 12:50
Choice of Workshops C1-3 14:00
Plenary/Q&A session/Evaluation
Depart 15:30

Keynote Address from Prof Alan Fitzsimmons
Exoplanets – New Worlds for the Next Generation

The current generation of GCSE/GCE students is the first who have lived when humanity has known about worlds around other stars. Because of this, space travel and life on other planets is now part of the CCEA specification for GCSE physics. This talk will review how we find exoplanets, measure their size, and what their atmospheres are made of. The variety of worlds discovered so far will be explored. The talk will finish with what new scientists expect may be doing in 10 to 20 years’ time.

Alan Fitzsimmons is a Professor of Astronomy at Queen’s University Belfast. He has been a scientist for over 30 years, using facilities such as the Hubble Space Telescope and the Very Large Telescope. His work includes everything from understanding comets to assisting ESA/NASA design an asteroid deflection mission.

Workshop Choices (maximum 15 per workshop)

A1/B1 – Ally Davis Isaac Physics / IoP Network Co-ordinatorEmbedding isaacphysics.org into your teaching
In this session, Ally introduces the range of free resources available at isaacphysics.org, from core physics mastery to problem solving questions and stretch & challenge resources. He will lead you through using the Isaac Physics teacher tools: creating class groups, setting homework and downloading for free and provide guidance on how best to embed the resources into your department’s teaching. Suitable for teachers of A level and GCSE Physics.

A2/B2 – Paul Nugent IoP Network Co-ordinator
Virtual Physics Laboratory (VPLab)
The VPLab is a suite of over 300 interactive physics simulations. The resource is versatile and flexible, evidenced by the fact that it is being used in over 15 countries across 5 continents. Paul will take you through DIY demonstrations, to be used by classroom teachers as well as pupils. Suitable across all Key Stages.

A3/C2 – Robin Mobbs National Space Academy
Astronomy CPD for CCEA GCSE and GCE specs
In this session, Robin will introduce a range of hands-on teaching ideas, demonstrations and activities to allow you bring the topic of Astronomy alive in your classroom.

B3/C3 – Samir Moezzi CLEAPSS
Physics experiments with Arduino
In this workshop delegates will have the opportunity to make and take the CLEAPSS g-by-freefall millisecond timer which uses the Arduino microcontroller platform. Some soldering is required, but no experience is necessary as Samir is on hand to assist if needed. There will be some of the other CLEAPSS Arduino projects on display to learn more about too.

C1 – David Keenahan IoP Network Co-ordinator
Physics on Stage
Demonstrations and teaching ideas to enhance your delivery of all topics at all levels!

All bookings are made through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/43rd-ni-physics-teachers-conference-belfast-2018-tickets-46035582667

  • Contact Details: suemcgrath@btinternet.com 07970884728


  • Campbell College
  • Belmont Road, Belfast, BT4 2ND
  • England

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