Resources

These learning resources have been created by our undergraduates students enrolled in the Physics into Schools module. If you have any questions or wish to give feedback, please email Ms Erin McNeill, Physics Outreach Officer, at e.mcneill@leeds.ac.uk.

Key Stage 3: Years 7-9

Misconceptions in Energy

Tackle those Energy Misconceptions using videos, quizzes and many other activities that the student can complete at home! There are daily tasks to be completed, leading up to an end of week quiz on the Friday, to test if these common misconceptions have been overcome.

  • Type: An independent activity students can do themselves
  • Duration: A 10-30 min task each day for a week (5 days)

Link: https://sway.office.com/DhLAizUf6J9KE9AJ?ref=Link

Download the PowerPoint: https://www.stem.leeds.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Energy-Transfer-Challenge.pptx

Tackling Gender Bias in Physics

Students will take part in a four-week programme (four 10-minute sessions) to tackle stereotypes surrounding physics being predominantly a ‘boys’ subject. There will be a short questionnaire during each session and two short tasks during the middle two sessions, to gauge the opinions of the students on gender bias in physics, and more importantly, to see if any opinions change throughout the 4 week initiative.

  • Type: An independent activity students can do themselves
  • Duration: A 10 min session each week for 4 weeks
  • Tags: #Tackling Sterotypes, #Gender Bias, #Gender Balance

Link: https://sway.office.com/CaJbDeDfjFZDQ19A?ref=Link

Fun Physics Experiments at Home - Lockdown Labs

Check out these experiments that students can do at home as a Lockdown Lab.  Check out the YouTube channel, download the instructions and gather your materials!

  • Type: An independent activity students can do themselves
  • Duration: 30-50 minutes
  • Tags: #Electricty, #Thermal energy

Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwsoT1GjAY_htJU-PKMTWtA

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Key Stage 4: Years 10-11

Misconceptions in Forces

Tackle those Forces Misconceptions using videos, quizzes and many other activities that the student can complete at home! There are daily tasks to be completed, leading up to an end of week quiz on the Friday, to test if these common misconceptions have been overcome.

  • Type: An independent activity students can do themselves
  • Duration: A 10-30 min task each day for a week (5 days)

Link: https://sway.office.com/JCRZ4XDNVfDAEGlZ?ref=Link

Download the PowerPoint: https://www.stem.leeds.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Forces-in-Space-Challenge.pptx

A Crash Course in Electricity

A comprehensive set of notes for the electricity topic split into 3 parts which covers everything you need to know about electricity as well quizzes to test your knowledge on each part.

  • Type: An independent activity students can do themselves
  • Duration: 30-60 mins
  • Tags: #Electricity, #Circuits, #Power

Link: https://sway.office.com/KFBgz0NwGUmfLtZT?ref=Link 

What goes up must come down!

A ball thrown upwards – might sound simple, but is one of the most misunderstood concepts amongst students. In less than half an hour, you will understand the motion of the ball in terms of forces, velocity and acceleration through a presentation with a video explanation and Q&A at the end.

  • Type: An independent activity students can do themselves
  • Duration: 30-45 mins
  • Tags: #Gravity, #SUVAT

Link: https://sway.office.com/BbHpXgE0TBjGotyu?ref=Link

Key Stage 5: Years 12-13

Misconceptions in Astrophysics

Tackle those Astrophysics Misconceptions using videos, quizzes and many other activities that the student can complete at home! There are daily tasks to be completed, leading up to an end of week quiz on the Friday, to test if these common misconceptions have been overcome.

  • Type: An independent activity students can do themselves
  • Duration: A 10-30 min task each day for a week (5 days)

Link: https://sway.office.com/HQ8RyDPtqd4C6rEf?ref=Link

Don't Panic! Coding for Beginners

Is coding, math, and tech-DIY projects for everybody? No, but opposite of what you might think, it might be very useful and fun for you. In this project we will create a safe and interesting environment for everybody to write their own first lines of code! This is a opportunity for you to learn something new and exiting. And do not worry, there will be plenty of help and easy guides. DON’T PANIC.

  • Type: An independent activity students can do themselves
  • Duration: 4 excercises that each take about 80 minutes, to be done over 2 weeks
  • Tags: #Python #Fun #Coding for beginners

Link: https://www.stem.leeds.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Coding-in-Schools.pdf