Midlands

Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Worcestershire, West Midlands, Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Rutland

Our workshops are run at no cost to schools or participants. You can also contact your local Physics Network Coordinator to request a workshop on a topic of your choice, or to host a regional session.

EVENTS

EVENT

LOCATION

DATE

DETAILS

What Happens Next?

St Johns Campus, Worcester University
WR2 6AJ

16 February 2017
4.30pm - 6pm

Book your place on TalkPhysics.

EVENT FOCUS

Join us for a showcase of short demonstrations with unexpected outcomes to get people thinking and debating physics. We'll be using everyday, or easily obtainable, equipment.
As well as trying demonstrations, we will discuss the best ways to achieve effective learning and give explanations suited to the audience.
Activities suitable for lessons, STEM clubs, science busking, public engagement, etc.

Rocket Launcher Make and Take

Great Wyrley High School
WS6 6LQ

2 March 2017
4pm - 6pm

Book your place on TalkPhysics.

EVENT FOCUS

Build your own “rocket” launcher. You can then use the compressed air launcher in the classroom to engage students with the design of the rockets. Through modifications such as adding fins or altering the shape of the nose cone, students can theorise and then try out how a rocket’s flight path can be affected.
This workshop is suitable for all teachers of science who are looking for a fun way to engage learners of all ages!

Maths in Physics

George Spencer Academy
NG9 7EW

8 March 2017
3.30pm - 5.30pm

Book your place on TalkPhysics.

EVENT FOCUS

This workshop covers the increased mathematical content of GCSE physics courses. It will explore different approaches you could use to help students to be more confident and competent with:
• Simple graph interpretation
• Working with the range of the prescribed formulae

Rocket Launcher Make and Take

King Edward VI Five Ways School
B32 4BS

9 March 2017
4.00pm - 6.00pm

Book your place on TalkPhysics.

EVENT FOCUS

Build your own “rocket” launcher. You can then use the compressed air launcher in the classroom to engage students with the design of the rockets. Through modifications such as adding fins or altering the shape of the nose cone, students can theorise and then try out how a rocket’s flight path can be affected.
This workshop is suitable for all teachers of science – primary and secondary colleagues welcome – who are looking for a fun way to engage learners of all ages!

King Edward VI Five Ways School
B32 4BS

16 March 2017
4pm - 6pm

Book your place on TalkPhysics.

EVENT FOCUS

Improving gender balance is not just about increasing the number of girls doing physics, or raising the attainment of boys. It is about breaking stereotypes and enabling students to break perceived barriers influenced by their peers, teachers, family and society. In this workshop we will discuss strategies that research has shown to be effective.
We will look at:
• the effect of unconscious bias and why it is important to address;
• simple steps the school can put in place to make education more equitable;
• where to find more information and resources.

Cloud Chambers - Make & Take

King Edward VI Five Ways School
B32 4BS

23 March 2017
4pm - 6pm

Book your place on TalkPhysics.

EVENT FOCUS

Making something abstract concrete is a useful tool for those teaching physics. Cloud chambers allow students to see the paths that ionising radiation has travelled.
In this workshop you get to make and take away a cloud chamber big enough for a group of people to see into where you will observe alpha, beta radiation and hopefully some cosmic rays.
You’ll also get ideas for getting the most out of your dry ice.

Forces in Flight - SPN Early Career Mentee Event

RAF Museum
TF11 8UP

25 March 2017
12.30pm - 4.00pm

Book your place on TalkPhysics.

EVENT FOCUS

A free workshop for teachers in the Stimulating Physics Network's early career mentoring programme.

Aircraft, rockets and birds all demonstrate the truth of Newton’s Laws of Motion. The physics of flight is a great context in which to teach forces, whether in the classroom or during a school visit.
Join us for an afternoon at the RAF Museum to review the physics of flight. Try out some practical work, some maths, take a look through notes you could adapt for lessons and enjoy a walk around the exhibits to see how the concepts have been put into practice over the years.

Teaching KS4 Physics with Confidence: Forces

George Spencer Academy
NG9 7EW

7 June 2017
3.30pm - 5.30pm

Book your place on TalkPhysics.

EVENT FOCUS

Come and explore ways to deliver the new GCSE forces specifications with confidence!

EM Spectrum in Space - SPN Early Career Mentee Event

National Space Centre
LE4 5NS

10 June 2017
10.00am - 1.00pm

Book your place on TalkPhysics.

EVENT FOCUS

Make and take an IR detector and a spectroscope! Think about careers in space as a way of improving gender balance in your classroom, then enjoy a presentation on ‘Observing the universe at different wavelengths’.
This event is for SPN mentees only.

Teach Physics with Confidence: Motion

Sir Christopher Hatton Academy
NN8 4RP

6 July 2017
9am - 2.30pm

Book your place on TalkPhysics.

EVENT FOCUS

This free physics CPD day will improve your knowledge and confidence in teaching physics at KS3 and KS4 as a non-specialist teacher. It includes a range of practical strategies and demos that you can immediately take back to your classroom, and share with your colleagues.

Technicians Workshop

Newport Girls' High School
TF10 7HL

Request this workshop in 2017.

EVENT FOCUS

Come along to another CPD session organised by the Stimulating Physics Network, and delivered by Physics Network Coordinator Tom Dawson.

Using Toys to Teach Physics

Newport Girls' High School
TF10 7HL

Request this workshop in 2017.

EVENT FOCUS

This workshop demonstrates the physics behind everyday toys, from simple demonstrations to useful investigations. But really it just lets out the inner child in each of us!

Newport Girls' High School
TF10 7HL

Request this workshop in 2017.

EVENT FOCUS

The Datamouse project was started by the paper Stopwatch which was published in Physics Education in March 2009, and provides low-cost training by Alessio Ganci and Salvatore Ganci. This was such a brilliant and simple idea that the Institute of Physics Teacher Network decided to put together a workshop showing other teachers how to make inexpensive computer mice into timing gates.
If you've never soldered before here's a chance to learn.

Your regional team


Judith Webb

Higher Education Liaison Officer

judithwebb13@btinternet.com

07754 308 514

Richard Ager

TLC Team Leader

richard.ager@iop.org

07850 311 908

Teaching and Learning Coaches (IOP)

Richard Bonella

richard.bonella@iop.org

07971 464 187

Ian Horsewell

ian.horsewell@iop.org

07917 351 360

Helen Pollard

helen.pollard@iop.org

07720 084 418

Peter Tiktin

peter.tiktin@iop.org

07720 497 819

Suzanne Woolhouse

suzanne.woolhouse@iop.org

07525 631 495

School-based Physics Coaches and Lead Schools

Dan Cottle, King Edward VI Five Ways School

dcottle@kefw.org

Abigail Bell, Sir Christopher Hatton School

bella@hattonacademy.org.uk

Link Schools with Adviser 

Giles Ennis, The Priory Academy LSST

gennis@prioryacademies.co.uk

Spencer Lawrence, Toot Hill School

slawrence@toothillschool.co.uk

Physics Network Coordinators

Richard Bonella

richard.bonella@iop.org

Helen Pollard

helen.pollard@iop.org

Gender Balance Officers

Nicky Thomas

nicky.thomas@iop.org

Rebecca Peacock

rebecca.peacock@iop.org

 

 

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