Skip to 0 minutes and 3 seconds [Adam Little] From Galileo Galilei’s early use of the scientific method in the seventeenth century, through Faraday’s experiments with electromagnetism, up until the present day, with experiments such as the Large Hadron Collider at CERN practical experimental physics has been key to the development of the modern world and to our understanding of the universe. It is only through experimentation that scientists can test and validate theories. With exposure to practical work in school, the skills needed to advance the development of science and engineering, and first-hand appreciation of hands-on scientific enquiry, will be valuable assets that your students will take with them into their future careers.
Skip to 0 minutes and 50 seconds [Tom Lyons] The value of practical work is to enhance and deepen students’ understanding of the subject, by allowing them to relate theory to tangible experiences. [ADAM] Practical science, physics in the 14-16 classroom, will lead you through some key physics experiments that students can engage with in secondary schools. Each week will focus on a specific curriculum topic, coupled with a pedagogical theme to support your development as a science teacher. [Tom] Week 1 will take you through the topic of ionising radiation, with activities and discussions focussed on how we can bring context in to our practical science lessons. [Adam] Week 2 will cover the topic of waves, with the pedagogical focus on progression in practical science.
Skip to 1 minute and 32 seconds [Tom] Finally, week 3 will look at electricity, with discussions around how we can assess learning through practical work. [Adam] This course is one of three secondary practical science courses from STEM Learning, designed for both new and experienced teachers to enhance student learning through practical work. [Tom] As a participant on this course
Skip to 1 minute and 52 seconds you will be able to: gain confidence in teaching and evaluating practical skills in physics; [Adam] share ideas on how to bring real world contexts to science lessons; plan for progression and assessment in practical work; [Tom] and collaborate with peers, educators and mentors to share and critique ideas for teaching practical science. [Adam] Join us online and shape the way practical science can make physics engaging in your classroom.