In partnership with the University of Lancaster Physics Department, Phil Furneaux, led teachers through the latest astrophysics research on galaxy formation, black holes and supernova. This Institute of Physics Stimulating Physics NetworkCPD session, supported by The Ogden Trust, was designed to enhance physics teaching of the electromagnetic spectrum.
Attendees were able to develop their understanding of electromagnetism through presentations from current researchers and informal discussions throughout the day. Equipped with this latest research, teachers will be able to approach the physics curriculum in more innovative and exciting ways, as they share this new knowledge and understanding with students.
An what did the delegates like?
“The hands on activities (projects)”
“Finding out about research in astrophysics”
“Using live data – learning about current research I teach and how it fits the content I teach in the classroom.”
“Presentations linking current research topics to topics in the curriculum”
Throughout the day, the teachers were able to explore and understand current projects taking place at Lancaster, and to develop plans and ideas about how these projects could feed into teaching resources and lessons back at school. “The day went really well,” explains event organiser Phil Furneaux. “We were very happy to welcome teachers from all over the NW including Manchester and Carlisle. Eighty five per cent of the teachers gave the day 5/5 for enjoyment.
“The teachers really enjoyed the projects which included an exercise to create 3D plot of the universe using real data. We even came away with some ideas for homework which link astrophysics to the em spectrum and these will be accessible through the Lancaster physics department webpage,” concludes Phil.
The next event will be on the theme Particle Physics on 18 February 2019.
Thumbnail image: Glowing warmly against the dark backdrop of the universe, this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows an irregular galaxy called UGC 12682. Located approximately 70 million light-years away in the constellation of Pegasus (The Winged Horse), UGC 12682 is distorted and oddly-structured, with bright pockets of star formation.