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Girls into STEM day at Bedford Girls School

The UK remains one of the worst regions in Europe when it comes to encouraging women into STEM roles. Currently, only 22% of UK STEM roles are held by women and only 11% of the engineering workforce are women. At less than 10%, the UK has the lowest percentage of female engineering professionals in Europe. We need to find…

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Kent Regional Physics Day

Free training day It’s well known that schools can struggle to find specialist Physics teachers – not just in Kent but across the UK and even beyond – and that teachers of other science disciplines have to take up the slack. So it’s great to be able to report not just one but two good…

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AQA GCSE INSET 2: Dynamics and force at Richard Lander School

Following on from the successful launch at Truro School, the Cornwall Physics Education Partnership, supported by The Ogden Trust, held its second teacher workshop on 5 December at Richard Lander School, Truro. Delegates from five local schools attended: Camborne Science and International Academy, Falmouth School, Richard Lander School, Truro School and Wadebridge School. Led by…

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Taunton schools discuss specific heat capacity

On 21 November visiting teachers from four schools in Taunton met at King’s College to perform and discuss required GCSE practical work. The teachers, from The Heathfield Community School, Taunton Academy, Wellington School and King’s College Taunton looked at the specific heat capacity of aluminium, sand and water; and the transfer of thermal energy by radiation.…

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Crawley hub meeting at Worth School

A Physics Partners Network meeting was hosted by Worth School on Tuesday. Nine science teachers from schools in the Crawley hub of Physics Partners attended the two-hour session, which focused on how the topic of energy is covered in the new GCSE syllabuses. The Crawley hub is collaboration between the Institute of Physics and schools…

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West Kent hub workshop at Sevenoaks

A workshop for some schools in the West Kent hub took place on Thursday 13 October at Sevenoaks School. Five teachers took part with the afternoon led by Steve Sharp of the Sevenoaks Physics department. Experiments included a ‘demolition ball’  to demonstrate energy transfer; a pea shooter experiment: finding the muzzle velocity of a propelled ball bearing;…

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Ben’s wave machine

At the recent Cornwall teacher workshop on at Truro School, we had a sharing session where each delegate could bring their best ideas or demonstrate a teaching tool. Ben Lloyd-King from Richard Lander brought along his new ‘Heath Robinson’ wave machine.  Simply constructed from wooden dowel, sandwiched between two layers of duct tape, it provided the…

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First workshop for the Cornwall Physics Education Partnership

The Cornwall Physics Education Partnership held its first teacher workshop on 10 October at Truro School. Delegates from eight local schools attended – Bodmin College, Camborne Science and International Academy, Falmouth School, Humphry Davy School, Penair, Richard Lander School, Truro High School and Wadebridge School. Led by Adam Laity (Head of Physics, Truro School) and…

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