Frontiers of Physics Teachers Conference

13 October 2017 | Source: Frontiers of Physics Teachers Conference

IOP Ireland held its 17th annual Frontiers of Physics teachers conference recently with host college, University of Limerick.

Supported by the Professional Development Service for Teachers, the  event is a  showcase both for cutting edge physics which can be brought into the classroom and for a host of hands-on activities for all teachers of physics.

Distinct highlights from the event included keynote speaker, Rogerios Martins from Lisbon with his talk  - ‘My bike is a physics expert!’, while Barry Fitzgerald from TU Delft in the Netherlands explored some ‘Secrets of Superhero Science’. UL contributors gave an insight into many aspects of physics including crystals, smart phone experiments for students and some deeper questions on what makes a good science teacher. Andrea Bourke from Waterford Institute of Technology spoke on the physics of electricity networks while the Science on Stage team brought their latest set of project ideas which they had picked up at the recent European festival in Debrecen.

Almost 140 teachers, presenters and exhibitors took part in the event which is probably a record for this conference which moves to UCD next year.