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Training physics teachers – despite Covid-19

(9 July 2020)

From a previous year's event

Though Covid-19 meant we couldn’t host our annual physics teacher training day on campus this year, moving the event online meant we attracted even more participants than the face-to-face version last year. 

About the training…

We believe it’s part of our role as a world-class learning institution to share our knowledge and expertise with our local communities. It’s part of what we call ‘Durham for All’.

Each year since 2009, our Physics Department has hosted a training day for local science teachers and school technicians, aimed at helping them inspire the next generation in physics.

It’s organised in conjunction with the Institute of Physics and includes talks, workshops and opportunities for teachers to share ideas and experiences.

This year’s programme…

The keynote speaker was Prof Paula Chadwick, an astronomer from our Physics Department, who talked about the development of telescopes.

There were also sessions on teaching about climate change, the latest research on what works best in secondary school science teaching and how to run a few different eye-catching experiments in the classroom.

How did it go?

In all, 70 people took part in the day. Here’s some of the feedback we received from participants:

“Really enjoyed those quick demos, sure to use some in my STEM club. Thank you!”

“Thanks to all the presenters and team for another great day full of learning!”

“Thanks you for great and fun demos.”

What next?

The event was part of our ongoing commitment to supporting local schools and education.

We run an award-winning programme of activities aimed at stimulating interest in science and encouraging better understanding of how science applies to our everyday lives.

This includes Celebrate Science, our annual science festival that we run each October half-term. We’re currently thinking about how we can make this work with Covid-19 restrictions. Watch this space for more details!