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27 March 2021
10:30 am - 7:00 pm
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The Physics of Animals

Join the North West team for a full day of CPD based around the Physics of Animals. Registration is for the whole day but attendees are welcome to join whichever sessions they like during the day.

Programme for the day is below:

10:30 – 11:30 – Electricity and magnetism in animals
Kerry Colyer – IOP Coach

Charles Darwin noticed spiders sailing on silk threads. Eels and other animals use electricity to find and stun their prey. Find out how animals use magnetism to navigate large distances in the open ocean. Hear of more ways that you can link the topics of electricity and magnetism to real life examples in the animal kingdom
Open to all key stages.

12:00 – 13:00 – Why Elephants Can’t Fly….. the problem with scale
David Farley – IOP teacher coach

David is well known in the North West for his excellent teacher CPD presentations. Here he will use principles from school Physics to calculate the constrains for size in the evolution of plants and animals.
For KS4 – KS5.

13:30 – 14:30 – Hearing in animals
David Cotton – IOP Coach

The evolution of the apparatus for hearing in vertebrates evolved from a simple water pressure detector in fish. Insects have also evolved sound detecting apparatus for survival and detecting a mate. Find out how you can use these ideas to teach aspects of sound and waves. Things like how to make a confusaphone and how both vertebrates and insects have methods for directional hearing.
Open to all key stages.

15:00 – 16:00 – Horses for courses, that’s physics courses!
Graham Perrin – IOP Coach

On January 15 2019, 29 teachers joined us at Aintree Racecourse for a day about ‘Physics and Horses’. In this presentation, I’ll be looking at the activities we used during the day. These activities put various parts of physics curriculum content into an equestrian context and helped to prove that physics really is everywhere!
For KS4.

18:00 – 19:00 – Research in the field of Acoustics

Pavlov’s experiments showed that dogs could detect differences of a semitone apart. Hear of this and other interesting fields of research, past and present that can be used to enrich and provide contexts for the teaching of sound and waves.
Open to all key stages.



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