Teachers' workshop: Problem solving skills in physics

2 Mar 2013 - 10:30am to 3:30pm
Denys Wilkinson Building, Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Keble Road, Oxford OX1 3RH

The event

Staff and volunteers from the British Physics Olympiad Trust, University of Oxford and University of Cambridge will provide guidance and resources on helping your students to develop advanced problem solving skills in physics.

Past British Physics Olympiad questions will be explored along with simple demonstrations that are designed to challenge students into new ways of thinking.

The day will also include insight into what top universities are looking for when selecting a candidate, and how to develop these skills, which are required for further study.

Who is the event for?
This event is for teachers who are less familiar with using more advanced questions in the classroom, similar to those presented in the British Physics Olympiad. The event would also be useful for physics teachers from schools where there is less tradition of students progressing to top universities.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

The British Physics Olympiad

The British Physics Olympiad was founded in 1982 with the aim of selecting and coaching a team to attend an International Physics Olympiad. It now reaches over 5,000 school students with the dual aim of encouraging the study of Physics and recognising excellence in young physicists through five annual Physics competitions. For more information, past papers and resources visit: www.bpho.org.uk.


Mr Robin Hughes; King’s College School, Wimbledon
Dr Adam Patchett; Merchant Taylors’ Boys’ School, Liverpool
Dr Sian Owen; Department of Physics , University of Oxford
Dr Christopher Lester, Peterhouse College, University of Cambridge
Dr Anson Chung, Sevenoaks School, Sevenoaks

Mr Robin Hughes
Robin Hughes is the Head of Physics at King's College School Wimbledon (one of the highest academically performing schools in the UK). He has taught physics to pupils from Year 6 - 13 covering both A level and IB. He is Chairman of the BPhO and is a member of the team of teachers which trains the squad and, subsequently the team, for the International Physics Olympiad Competition

Dr Adam Patchett
Adam graduated in Physics from the University of Liverpool in 1990, went on to complete a PhD in Surface Science and enjoy a post-doctoral research career in Germany, Italy and Ireland. With a PGCE from King’s College London, Adam entered the school teaching profession in 2001, became Head of Physics at Merchant Taylors’ School in 2006, and is currently Head of Sixth Form. Over the past few years Adam has worked with the IoP, the Physics Olympiad and the Ogden Trust, to promote the enterprise of Physics to school students and beyond.

Dr Sian Owen
Dr Siân Owen is the Outreach Officer at Oxford Physics. Sian's role is to promote further study and careers in physics through the development and delivery of activities, events and resources. Sian also leads the administration and marketing of the British Physics Olympiad and collaborates with a number of organisations and networks such as SEPnet, Ogden Trust, and the IOP Physics Update committee. Sian graduated in Physics from the University of Liverpool in 2003, and went on to complete a PhD in Science Communication.

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For more information contact: 

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If you have any questions please email bpho@physics.ox.ac.uk