Welsh Physics Teachers Conference

Event Information

9 October 2019
All Day
Event categories:

A free day of presentations and workshops for teachers and technicians – A wonderful opportunity for teachers and technicians to take part in a wide variety of physics CPD activities. This free day of workshops is open to all teachers, technicians, newly qualified and trainee teachers.
For further information and booking go to : https://iopwelshphysicsteachersconference2019.eventbrite.co.uk

Speakers inclue
Professor Andrew Evans
Head of Department- Physics,Aberystwyth University
Andrew Evans is professor of materials and head of the physics department at Aberystwyth who specialises in the study of semiconductors and nanomaterials using electrons, visible light and x-rays in order to make new materials and devices for applications such as solar energy capture.

Prof Averil Macdonald OBE and Prof Alun Vaughan
University of Southampton
Professor Averil Macdonald is Emeritus Professor of Science Engagement at University of Reading. She was awarded OBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours 2015 for Services to women in Science. Professor Alun Vaughan is Professor of Dielectric Materials at University of Southampton having previously held roles a Head of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Deputy Head of School of Electronics and Computer Science

Workshops include

Workshop A1
GCSE Science and GCE Physics Update WJEC
Helen Francis, Domain Leader – Mathematics and Science, Subject Officer – Physics
The examinations board will provide and update on GCSE Science and GCE Physics

Workshop A2/ C6
Improving Gender Balance
Institute of Physics – TBC
Gender stereotypes can influence the way we behave, the choices we make and how we react to other people. They can restrict what we think is possible for ourselves and others, even when there are no visible barriers in the way. This workshop will provide an overview of gender stereotypes, how they can affect subject choice and what strategies you can implement to improve gender balance in school subjects.

Workshop A3 – speaker TBC
The New Curriculum – What is physics? How should physics be positioned in the new Welsh curriculum? This workshop will be a professional discussion looking at these issues hosted by teachers who have been working on the documents for the new curriculum. The latest position will be reported and as well as an outline of the process. There will also be a chance for you to share your own ideas.

Workshop A4/B2
Using Marvin and Milo
Alison Alexander and Ruth Wiltshire. Institute of Physics
The workshop will explore ways in which Marvin and Milo based activities can be used in the classroom and in other places too. Some of the workshop leaders’ favourites will be on show. If possible, please come prepared to share your own favourites and examples of how you use the activities.

Workshop A5/B6
Graham Perrin Institute of Physics
Physics Stories
I’m on a quest to rehumanise Physics and change perceptions into physics is done by normal people. We’ll explore ways of telling the important stories of physics and using them for lesson context etc.

Workshop A6
How to use an Arduino
John Kinchin – Equipment Reviews Deputy Editor for Physics Education
The Arduino platform is a very low cost device that allows both data acquisition and control. Its simplicity and ease of connection makes it an ideal solution for use in the physics laboratory, either as a replacement for more expensive data logging equipment.. We will be introducing the Arduino platform and making a simple temperature sensor using very common laboratory equipment.

Workshop B1/C1. Coaching teachers of physics. Alessio Bernardelli
Institute of Physics
An opportunity to meet and discuss with other teacher-coaches. If you are a teacher or thinking of becoming a coach, or lead CPD sessions for teachers of physics, you are most welcome at this workshop. We will take a topic, outline some activities that might be used in a session with teachers, and discuss alternatives, models, problems, strengths and means of presentation.. (KS3-4-5)

Workshop B3
Real Graphs from Real Data
Stuart Farmer – Institute of Physics
In this workshop innovative methods of teaching graph drawing concepts and data analysis skills will be explored. This includes uncertainty and lines of best fit along with hands-on activities using extremely low cost resources even cutting away the unnecessary complications of measurement, scales and graph paper.

Workshop B4 / C4
What’s In the Box?
Edward Male – Head of Science, Henry Tudor School, Pembroke
This workshop will share Ideas for engagement and concept modelling in physics. There will be an opportunity to engage and discuss current teaching practices and how different models can be used to explain physical concepts.

Workshop B5/C5
Creative Circuits Sue McGrath IoP Physics Network Coordinator.
This interactive workshop gives teachers ideas for the delivery of the basics of electricity and electrical circuits in a fun, hands-on way. They will then create your their own electrical circuit using Play-Doh and plasticine, and a range of electronic components. The workshop is based on squishy circuits – will use the cosmic ball and wandarama in the initial part then the teachers will connect spades to wires of small battery packs and then use this to power led’s which are embedded in their play-doh and plasticine creations.

Workshop B7/ C7
Toy Story
Richard Bonella – Institute of Physics
How helicopters use forces to get airborne, hover and move around. A simple toy for pupils to build as a context for Newton One, Two and Three. Then some knotty problems involving moments.

Workshop B8 /C8
Video resources for teaching physics
Lewis Mattheson – A level Physics Online
In this workshop there will be an opportunity to explore some of the online video resources that you can use in your classroom, and your students can watch at home, to help you deliver both GCSE and A Level Physics

Workshop C2
Physics Careers and Mentoring for Schools
Rosie Mellors Physics Mentoring Project Cardiff University
We will explore the benefits of the Physics Mentoring project, and how teachers can adopt some of the practices of the project. We will also explore, in depth, the variety of careers Physics qualifications can lead to.

Workshop C3
The Physics behind Climate Change
Stuart Farmer – Institute of Physics
Climate change is one of the most important issues facing our students. In this workshop the basic physics behind climate change is explored along with analysis of data illustrating the changes taking place.


  • Christ College
  • Christ College, Brecon, LD3 8AF
  • United Kingdom

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