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9 October 2021
10:30 am - 4:00 pm
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The first day of the Welsh Physics Teacher Conference will be located in the heart of the Brecon Beacons. Join us for a series of workshops focused on the Physics of Alpacas. As you trek together around the Brecon Beacons National Park, you will learn some interesting facts about these enchanting and curious animals. The fantastic scenery provides the perfect backdrop for learning and networking. We will strive to provide you and colleagues with a therapeutic and amusing experience. This event will be held outdoors and social distancing guidelines will be adhered to.

Sa1: What Alpacas and other animals can teach us about Physics
This session will explore various ways in which animals can help to engage us with ideas in school physics. Different activities and resources will be shown and, as we will be located on an Alpaca farm, they will feature heavily. We will look at aspects of forces and motion, energy and thermal physics, sound, light and electromagnetic waves and even some electricity. Have you ever wondered what is the terminal velocity of an Alpaca? (No Alpacas will be harmed before, during or after this session.)

Sa2: Projectiles; rockets and spitting alpacas
In this workshop we’ll build a “rocket” launcher that uses paper projectiles that are easy to make and alter, allowing students to carry out projectile motion experiments across all age ranges from 11-19. (A decent manual air pump is required). We’ll also look at other examples of projectile motion including water jets, cherry stone spitting and chameleon tongues…and spitting alpacas.

Places are limited to 40 attendees. Register now at https://welshphysicsteachersconference2021.eventbrite.co.uk┬áso you don’t miss out!


  • Alpaca my Boots
  • Blaenrheon Penpont , Brecon Powys , LD3 8ES
  • United Kingdom

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