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Durham University

Higgs to Hubble

Relevant Resources

We also create original and relevant teaching resources based upon our research and use this material in workshops as part of Continuing Professional Development courses and training support sessions for teachers.


Activities have been provided as part of Continuing Professional Development through the Association for Science Education, the STFC, the Institute of Physics support for school teachers programme and to PGCE primary and secondary science teachers during their training. In the past five years workshops have been provided as part of the North East Primary Science and NAIGS Annual conferences in Newcastle and Northumberland, at the National Science Learning Centre in York, for South Tyneside Science INSET days and also at the Prince's Teaching Institute Conference at the Centre for Life.

We also host an annual one day event for local teachers. 'A Day for Everyone Teaching Physics' is designed to extend both specialist and non specialist teachers knowledge and understanding of physics and provide ideas for practical activities for the classroom. This event, sponsored by the North East Branch of the Institute of Physics, began in 2009 and each year attracts around 60 secondary school teachers from across our region.

Ideas and Resources for Teaching

A key activity of our primary school programme was the production of an innovative teaching pack - ‘Spooky Space – Creative Teaching of Space’. The pack went into production in 2008 and over seven hundred copies have been distributed around the region to date. More details can be found on the ESERO-UK web site, where ‘Spooky Space – Creative Teaching of Space’ is available to download from their 'inspiring resources' section.

Teaching resources specifically aimed at KS3/4 children and their teachers have also been produced. A series of classroom posters together with a CD-ROM, entitled ‘Radioactivity to Redshift', have been distributed to over nine hundred schools around the UK. Pete Edwards also contributed to the 'Teaching Astronomy and Space' DVD produced by the Institute of Physics. Take a look at 'How Big is the Universe?', which also features on the Guardian YouTube channel, and 'The Expanding Universe and the Big Bang'.

Pete Edwards has also been nominated as a TED-Ed Educator. He worked with those nice people at TED to create a TED-Ed Original lesson. 'What light can teach us about the universe' can be viewed on the TED-Ed website or YouTube Channel.

In July 2005 Pete was chosen to deliver the 2006 IoP Schools' and Colleges’ Lecture nationwide. His talk ‘Gravity, Gas and Stardust’ was delivered at 46 venues in cities around the UK to an audience of over 12,000 14-16 year old schoolchildren. Follow this link to view the lecture on the IoP YouTube Channel.

Questions and Answers

There are common questions that I've been asked many times by many audiences. My answers to some of these questions can be read and downloaded below. I hope to add to this list in due course.

Where would you go to if swallowed by a black hole?

What is the Big Bang?

What’s the speed of dark?

Why doesn’t the light from all the stars in the universe drown out the light from the Sun?

Why is snow white?

Please get in touch if you'd like my thoughts on any other burning questions you or your pupils may have!

Useful Links

Lots of great ideas and information for both teachers and pupils can be found by checking out the links on the right hand side of the page.