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Discovering Light - Professional Development course for educators


Discovering Light - Professional Development course for educators

Designed to push experimentation and learning of light alongside automated technology.
The day will cover many of the chapters in Justin’s recently published Book ‘Discovering Light’ including: the science of light, the eye and perception, camera obscura construction, pinhole photography, solargraphy (6 month exposures tracking the sun) and non-chemical approaches as well as darkroom construction and digital image capture with pinhole. The techniques will benefit primary, secondary and FE science, photography and art teachers.

Every participant will leave with:
Projection sheets and lenses for hand held and room obscuras,
A 6 month exposure pinhole camera for your school,
Copy of 'Discovering Light' with the Worksheet CD,
A free to use PowerPoint of camera obscuras.

KS3 NC areas:

Sc3/4.1 Light
Sc3/4.1a recognise that they need light in order to see things and that dark is the absence of light
Sc3/4.1b notice that light is reflected from surfaces
Sc3/4.1c recognise that light from the sun can be dangerous and that there are ways to protect their eyes
Sc3/4.1d recognise that shadows are formed when the light from a light source is blocked by a solid object
Sc3/4.1e find patterns in the way that the size of shadows change.

Sc6/4.1 Light
Sc6/4.1a recognise that light appears to travel in straight lines
Sc6/4.1b use the idea that light travels in straight lines to explain that objects are seen because they give out or reflect light into the eye
Sc6/4.1c explain that we see things because light travels from light sources to our eyes or from light sources to objects and then to our eyes
Sc6/4.1d use the idea that light travels in straight lines to explain why shadows have the same shape as the objects that cast them

“Pupils should begin to see the connections between these subject areas and become aware of some of the big ideas underpinning scientific knowledge and understanding”.
“They should be encouraged to relate scientific explanations to phenomena in the world around them”.

Experimental skills and investigations

ask questions and develop a line of enquiry based on observations of the real world, alongside prior knowledge and experience

Chemical reactions
§ defining acids and alkalis in terms of neutralisation reactions

the pH scale for measuring acidity/alkalinity; and indicators
reactions of acids with metals to produce a salt plus hydrogen
reactions of acids with alkalis to produce a salt plus water

Light waves

the similarities and differences between light waves and waves in matter
light waves travelling through a vacuum; speed of light
the transmission of light through materials: absorption, diffuse scattering and specular reflection at a surface
use of ray model to explain imaging in mirrors, the pinhole camera, the refraction of light and action of convex lens in focusing (qualitative); the human eye
light transferring energy from source to absorber leading to chemical and electrical effects; photo-sensitive material in the retina and in cameras
colours and the different frequencies of light, white light and prisms (qualitative only); differential colour effects in absorption and diffuse reflection.

Space physics
§ our Sun as a star, other stars in our galaxy, other galaxies
§ the seasons and the Earth’s tilt, day length at different times of year, in different hemispheres


What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There is onstreet parking in the surrounding area or there is a bus (25) which stops close by.

What can I bring into the event?

All materials will be provided however a memory stick and a notebook would be useful. There is a cafe downstairs although you may prefer to bring sandwhiches.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions

Email Justin at: anVzdGlucXVpbm5lbGwgfCBob3RtYWlsICEgY29t

What's the refund policy?

Full refund up to 1 week before the event

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