SPEED Day

Stimulating Physics Network CPD - 1/10/11

IOP Institute of Physics Teacher Network
SPEED - Stimulating Physics East of England Day
Saturday 1st October 2011 at Netherhall School, Queen Ediths Way, Cambridge, CB1 8NN

 

 

Programme

10.00    Coffee
10.30    Introduction and Talk: Dr Chris Lester (from the High Energy Physics Group at the University of Cambridge) will talk about the ATLAS detector, the LHC and the latest developments in Particle Physics.
11.30    Session 1 (workshop A, B, C or D)
12.30    L U N C H
13.15    Session 2 (workshop E, F, G or H)
14.15    Session 3 (workshop I, J, K or L)
15.15    Plenary and Raffle (tea and coffee available)
15.30    C L O S E


Yes, it's true - all this training and lunch s provided completely free, by the IOP  and the Stimulating Physics Network.
Please choose your workshops from the following lists. Simply choose one workshop (and a second preference) from each session. We have
included sessions that are suitable for specialist teachers of physics,for non-specialists and in some cases for primary and secondary age groups.

 

Session 1

choose one of these

Overview

A

Keeping circuits fresh

Workshop

Karen Gregory

Practical ideas to teach circuits to all abilities from KS2 to KS4.

Karen Gregory is Teacher Network Coordinator for Essex. 

B

Supporting Physics Teaching - Energy

Workshop

Griff John

This workshop offers a way of thinking about energy that sets students up nicely for GCSE. The model allows students to think confidently about energy before they ever have to do any calculations about it. Primarily aimed at non-specialist teachers of physics, the workshop may well be useful for established teachers who want to look at a new approach, or those who would just like an introduction to the Institute of Physics' Supporting Physics Teaching suite of materials.

Griff John is Teacher Network Coordinator for Hertfordshire.

C

Encouraging Groupwork

Workshop

Phil Badley and Ally Davies

This workshop will provide you with some paper based Physics resources which encourage co-operative group work within the classroom. It will expand your teaching repertoire with techniques that are easy to implement. The session will cover techniques such as ‘Revision from Diagrams', ‘Maps from memory' and ‘Pictures from text'.

Phil Badley is a Teaching and Learning Coach for the East of England.

Ally Davies is Teacher Network Coordinator for Cambridgeshire.

D

A Collaborative Particle Physics Project for Schools

Workshop

Steve Wotton

 

Experiments at CERN's Large Hadron Collider are very much in the public eye and have seen increasing exposure through the media as the LHC continues to collect vast amounts of data. In this workshop, I will present a project to collaborate with school students to build and operate working particle detectors in their schools as part of a larger cosmic ray air shower detector array. In this session you will have the opportunity to detect cosmic rays using the type of detectors that we plan to use. By getting a hands-on experience of real detectors the students will gain a deeper understanding of what lies behind some of the eagerly anticipated results from the LHC and other particle physics experiments.

Steve Wotton a Senior Research Associate working on LHCb for the High Energy Physics Group at the Cavendish Laboratory of the University of Cambridge.

 


 

Session 2

choose one of these

Overview

E

Radioactivity

Workshop

Karen Gregory and Ally Davies

Review of the use of radioactive sources and the IOP materials that are useful at KS4 and KS5. You will be able to practise using a range of standard demonstrations and experiments in a safe and supportive environment. You will be provided with materials to use in your teaching.

Karen Gregory is Teacher Network Coordinator for Essex.

Ally Davies is Teacher Network Coordinator for Cambridgeshire.

F

Great Free software

Workshop

Gerry Blake

Why pay when the best Physics ICT is free?
Tracker and PhET are two free on-line Physics teaching resources you cannot do without.
You will inspire your students in their learning by using them.
If possible, but not essential, come with a mobile phone camera and these two resources installed on your laptop.
Tracker: www.cabrillo.edu/~dbrown/tracker >Tracker 4.0 installer
PhET: http://phet.colorado.edu >Full installation

Gerry Blake is Teacher Network Coordinator for Norfolk and Suffolk and a Teaching and Learning Coach for the East of England.

G

Sundials

Workshop

Phil Badley

Tracking the SUN illustrates ideas about short and long time scales and astronomical distances.  This workshop will look at simple sun trackers and sun dials that can be very effective and fun to make.  There will be an opportunity to make the examples.  You will also find out why they do not tell the time accurately!

Phil Badley is a Teaching and Learning Coach for the East of England.

H

Rocket Launchers

Make and Take

Terry Horsman

If you teach Forces at KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4 &/or KS5, here are two ways to brighten up your lessons & provide your pupils/students with some really exciting, hands-on, WOW stuff...& you get to keep the hardware you'll make & so be able to use it year-on-year!

Use the ‘Rockets' &/or ‘Dragsters' hardware to facilitate investigations to address:

KS1: "scientific enquiry", "find out about, & describe the movement of, familiar things (eg cars going faster, slowing down..."; "if you push with a bigger force, does the rocket/car go further?"

KS2: "scientific enquiry", "about friction, including air-resistance, as a force that slows moving objects..."

KS3: "scientific enquiry", "determining the speed of the rocket/car  using the quantitative relationship between speed,  distance & time", & "how do frictional forces, including air resistance, affect motion?"  

KS4: "how science works", "use of dataloggers to investigate relationships", & "transfer of energy"

KS5: "equations of motion - their derivation, proof & usage, via project work

I'll also include some anecdotes from using both pieces of kit when running specific sessions on ‘Challenge Days for Gifted & Talented pupils/students'.

Terry Horsman is Teacher Network Coordinator for Bedfordshire.

 


 

Session 3

choose one of these

Overview

I

Shocked and Stunned

Workshop

Griff John

The aims of this workshop are: to get those people who haven't used a Van de Graaff before confident enough to have a go back in school; and to improve people's knowledge of how the Van de Graaff works. While primarily aimed at those teaching physics from a non-physics background, even experienced physics teachers should learn a new trick or two. We have 4 portable Van de Graaffs with accessories that we bring to the session. Participants will leave with a CD of resources.

Griff John is Teacher Network Coordinator for Hertfordshire.

J

Top 10 SEP practicals

Workshop

Gerry Blake

Enjoy playing with 10 super practical ideas from the bank of SEP resources. They'll certainly inspire students and don't cost an arm and a leg either. From energy to electricity, waves to sheer wonder!

As well as being IOP Teacher Network Coordinator for Norfolk and Suffolk and a Teaching and Learning Coach for East of England, Gerry Blake also works as a Professional Development Lead for the Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme.

K

Audacity / software

Workshop

James de Winter

Audacity is a free audio software program that can do a great deal more than just record sound. For less than a pound you can turn it into a very versatile data logger and this session will cover some of the many things you can do with it access to more resources.

If you can bring a laptop with Audacity installed please do but we will be able to provide some in the session. http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

James de Winter is an Associate Lecturer in Science Education at the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education.

L

Dragsters

Make and Take

Terry Horsman

If you teach Forces at KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4 &/or KS5, here are two ways to brighten up your lessons & provide your pupils/students with some really exciting, hands-on, WOW stuff...& you get to keep the hardware you'll make & so be able to use it year-on-year!

Use the ‘Rockets' &/or ‘Dragsters' hardware to facilitate investigations to address:

KS1: "scientific enquiry", "find out about, & describe the movement of, familiar things (eg cars going faster, slowing down..."; "if you push with a bigger force, does the rocket/car go further?"

KS2: "scientific enquiry", "about friction, including air-resistance, as a force that slows moving objects..."

KS3: "scientific enquiry", "determining the speed of the rocket/car  using the quantitative relationship between speed,  distance & time", & "how do frictional forces, including air resistance, affect motion?"  

KS4: "how science works", "use of dataloggers to investigate relationships", & "transfer of energy"

KS5: "equations of motion - their derivation, proof & usage, via project work

I'll also include some anecdotes from using both pieces of kit when running specific sessions on ‘Challenge Days for Gifted & Talented pupils/students'.

Terry Horsman is Teacher Network Coordinator for Bedfordshire.


To attend please complete the application form below.

You can print the form and send it in the post to:
Karen Gregory, 8 John Tibauld Court, Steeple Bumpstead, Haverhill, Suffolk CB9 7ET

Or complete the word document electronically and attach it to an email to
karengregory@tesco.net

 


IOP Institute of Physics Teacher Network 

SPEED -  Stimulating Physics East of England Day

Saturday 1st October 2011 at

Netherhall School, Queen Ediths Way, Cambridge, CB1 8NN

 

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