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10 October 2020
10:00 am - 2:30 pm
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This free event is for all teachers of physics, technicians and trainees and is organised by the Institute of Physics and Northumbria University.

Experienced coaches and presenters will lead sessions to develop your confidence and pedagogical approaches to make teaching more engaging. The event provides an immediate opportunity to learn new techniques,network with teachers in your area and meet with the IOP coaches.

Please register below.

10.00 – 10.10   Log in and welcome to attendees
10.10 – 10.45   Keynote talk “Fantastic Planets and How to Find Them” Dr Emily Brunsden, Astrocampus Director at the University of York
10.45 – 10.50   Introduction to “Do Try This At Home” Dr Taj Bhutta, IOP
10.50 – 10.55   Instructions for navigation sessions
10.55 – 11.05   Coffee/comfort Break
11.05 – 11.40   Workshops A & B (including a short break)
11.40 – 12.10   Workshop C & D
12.10 – 12.45   Lunch Break
12.45 – 13.25   Workshop E & F (including a short break)
13.25 – 13.55   Plenary “Do Try This At Home” Dr Taj Bhutta, IOP
13.55 – 14.00   Evaluations and finish
14.00 – 14.30   Optional session: An introduction to the latest version of VP Lab. This special session is primarily for IOP Scholars, but is also open for anyone interested in the Virtual Physics Laboratory. Ruth Wiltsher, IOP

Keynote Talk
‘Fantastic Planets and How to Find Them’ by Dr Emily Brunsden, Astrocampus Director at the University of York:
Imagine living in a world with three Suns, red jungles or endless night. These ideas have moved from fiction to reality as we discover more and more fantastic planets in our galaxy. This talk explains how we find such amazing worlds, how we know what they might be like and what we are still searching for out there.

Session Choices
A. National Physical Laboratory (NPL), UK home of measurement science – Andrew Hansen MBE, NPL
Did you know the definitions of the kilogram, Ampere, Kelvin and mol changed in 2019? Did you know NPL is the UK’s national measurement institute with over 500 applied scientists from many disciplines? Andrew is NPL’s Outreach Manager and will describe the changes to the SI, some of NPL’s 120 year old history and outline their outreach activities.

B. Issues with algebra – Mark Whalley, IOP
A great deal of physics contains maths, and we often find ourselves having to teach algebra. In this session we will look at some issues around this, including a range of ways of rearranging equations, and a discussion of controversial common practices. We will also consider forms of equations, and how these are fundamental to establishing understanding physical relationships.

C. Quick practicals – Jonathan Allcock, David Farley, Cara Hutton & Bernard Taylor, IOP
Quick experiments and demonstrations from IOP coaches. Each presenter has a limited time to demonstrate a physics principle in a manner easily understood by students, which should be great to take back to the classroom!

D. Embedding Careers – Carol Davenport & Antonio Portas, NUSTEM
This workshop outlines the benefits for students of putting careers in your physics teaching and explores straightforward ways to include career ideas to enrich and support the teaching of curriculum content.

E. Tones, Tines and Tings – Dave Cotton, IOP
This session will be full of ideas and demonstrations that focus on aspects of sound waves in the curriculum and beyond. These ideas tell a story based on the development and usage of oscillation and vibration in music and communication. This talk will also have links to how sound is used in astrophysics to determine the interior content of white dwarfs.

F. Improving transition through school partnerships – Lorraine Coghill, Ogden Trust & Joe Shimwell, NUSTEM
Hear from projects that have built between primaries and secondaries (and middle schools). Aimed at teachers in primary, secondary and middle schools who are interested in developing and improving partnerships through STEM projects.

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