The Association for Science Education

IOP Physics Teachers Conference

Date: Wednesday 18th June 2014

Time: 09:30 AM to 04:00 PM

Location : Trefenai, The College of Education and Lifelong Learning, Bangor University, Normal Site, Bangor, Gwynedd LL57 2PZ

Cost : FREE


09.30 - 09.45 Registration and coffee

09.45 - 09.50 Welcome

09.50 -10.50 Lecture: Rough Science on the screen and in the lab.
Dr Jonathan Hare
Visiting lecturer in Science Communication, Physics Department, Sussex University.

10.50 -11.05 Coffee

11.05 -12.05 Session 1 
Select your workshop from those available.

12.05 -12.50 Lunch and Bring and share (Bring along your favourite classroom resource)

12.50 -13.10 News slot
Andrea Fesmer
(IOP Network Co-ordinator for N Wales)

13.10 -14.10 Session 2 
Select your workshop from those available.

14.15 -15.15 Session 3 
Select your workshop from those available.

15.15 -15.30 Plenary ‘Any Questions?’ and evaluation (Handing out goodie bags)  Andrea Fesmer

15.30 -16.00 Stay and network

Optional workshops
a)  WJEC update - GCSE Science & GCE Physics (1hr) Available session 1 only
This workshop will provide teachers with an update on the key issues linked to both GCSE Science and GCE Physics, alongside looking at resources that are available.
Helen Francis (WJEC) (Domain Leader - Mathematics and Science, Subject Officer - Physics and Electronics)

b) Hollywood Science session 2 only
Based on the BBC / OU TV series Hollywood Science. We ask how realistic is the science behind some of Hollywood's classic movies and stunts? We will take a number of Hollywood Films and look in more detail to find out. Depending on time films will include; SPEED, Shanghai Noon, Die Hard, The Score, Fight Club, Waterworld, UP, Moon, Angels and Demons, Chain Reaction ...
Dr Jonathan Hare  (Visiting lecturer in Science Communication, Physics Department, Sussex University)

c) Bringing the Universe into the classroom (1hr) Available sessions 1, 2 and 3
Large, remote, robotic telescopes give the opportunity for you and your students to take your own research-quality observations.     Here, after an introduction to the range of telescopes available to UK schools, you will learn how to get observations through the National Schools' Observatory, and how to work with the data to produce images, and make scientific measurements and discoveries.
Prof Andy Newsam (Director of The National Schools’ Observatory, Astrophysics Research Institute, Liverpool John Moores University)

d) Who are you? What makes a physics teacher? Available sessions 1, 2 and 3
Do you think of yourself as a physics teacher? Or maybe it's a colleague who you think of as being a physics teacher. What is it that makes a "physics teacher"? Is a "physics teacher" different than a "teacher of physics"? What factors count? Is it qualifications? Experience? A passion for physics? A love of teaching? When did you become "a physics teacher"? Is it a community you've joined or something that you know? These are the questions we'll explore in this lecture/workshop. You'll definitely leave with some answers, but maybe some questions too, and hopefully a greater sense of identity.  (Everyone welcome)      
Gary Williams (National Coordinator, Institute of Physics Teachers Network)

e) Rocket motor test-bed with chart recorder (make and take)  (1hr) Available session 1  (Only 10 places each session)
Almost every expense has been spared for you to to make this, based on an idea in the Advancing Physics course. It produces a 1.5m chart of   motor thrust against time while creating loads of smoke.
              Lee White and Frank Lane (ex Holywell High School)

f) Infra-red Absorption Demonstration (make and take)  (1hr) Available sessions 2 and 3 (Only 10 places each session)
This provides a compact, quick way of showing that absorption of infra-red radiation by dull, black surfaces is much better than by shiny ones.
Lee White and Frank Lane (ex Holywell High School)