Perimeter Institute workshops to be used by the IOP’s Physics Teacher Network

10 March 2014

Ready-made workshops on modern physics from the Perimeter Institute in Canada are soon to be used by the IOP’s Physics Network Co-ordinators (PNCs) in schools.

The workshops, which explain cutting-edge physics for teachers and school students, have been made available for a much-reduced fee following an arrangement agreed at the Association for Science Education (ASE) conference in January by the IOP and the Perimeter Institute.

Initially, just two workshops will be run as CPD activities, probably starting in the summer term, but the number is expected to increase and every workshop participant will have access to the full set of resources via the Physics Teacher Network.

The Perimeter Institute is an independent centre for physics research, training and educational outreach with a worldwide reputation. The workshops were developed by its outreach department working with schools, and contact with the IOP was made through one of its outreach officers.

Charles Tracy, the IOP’s head of education (pre-19), met Kevin Martindale, international business development consultant at the Perimeter Institute (pictured left) and the Perimeter Institute’s director of educational outreach, Greg Dick, (pictured right) at the ASE conference, and the agreement was signed last week. Tracy said: “We hope that this is the beginning of a fruitful partnership between the IOP and the Perimeter Institute. These workshops are going to be a great addition to our PNCs’ repertoire. Teachers will find it fascinating to explore cutting edge physics at a school level.”

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