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21 November 2018
4:30 pm - 5:45 pm
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Come along to this free workshop to make the updated Mark 3 version of the popular IOP compressed air rocket launcher – capable of firing paper rockets (strictly speaking, projectiles) to impressive heights! We will also be testing our rocket launchers and looking at how you can use them for a wide range of demonstrations and investigations with your students. These rocket launchers can be used with students from KS2 and above and are great for investigating a range of topics that feature in the physics curriculum across KS2 to KS5. There are also some great free computer simulations that can be used alongside the practical activities to help develop students’ understanding of some tricky concepts – including projectile motion and the equations of motion!

The rocket launchers are constructed from plumbing components and are yours to keep, with all parts provided free of charge thanks to IOP funding (not bicycle pumps; you will need one of those back in school). Note: you may find it helpful to bring your technician or another teacher with you, to help with the construction – but this is not essential!

This free CPD workshop is open to teachers of KS3, 4 & 5 and to science technicians too and is is the first of three SPN network events that Totnes Progressive School will be running this year in association with the Institute of Physics. This session will be led by Dorian Pascoe (Physics coach, SPN/IOP) & Alastair Cuthbertson (Physics Network Coordinator for Devon & Cornwall, IOP). Refreshments available from 4:15!


  • Totnes Progressive School
  • Windmill House, Ashburton Road, Totnes, TQ9 5JT
  • England


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