Workshop on practical work in Physics

On 14-19, 2016 in Shymkent Physics-Mathematics Nazarbayev Intellectual school the training workshop on Physics practical works was held by Cambridge consultant Michael Smith, PhD on biophysics, in the purpose of Integration programme of development support and organization of effective education process for NIS teachers, who teach in Grades 7-12 in Kazakh and Russian. 50 teachers of Intellectual schools took part in the workshop.

First day was on importance of laboratory works and improvement of pupils’ practical skills. During laboratory works of studying Hooke law and defining period fluctuation of math pendulum participants overlooked all research phases, that is planning, results recording, graphic designing, summarizing and results assessment. Along with this, common pupil mistakes were examined. For example, mass impact on period fluctuation of math pendulum, equal meaning of weight and mass, as well as clearing up those mistakes using demonstrations and laboratory works.

On second day teachers had a chance to look at Physics role in critical thinking, determining problems for stimulating cognitive interest of pupils. Then, participants were divided into 2 subgroups for doing works on Ohm’s law research in secondary school and studying of condenser charging/discharging process in high school. The demonstrations included: Bernoulli effect using hairdryer and tennis ball; electromagnetic induction with coils and band magnetic, principles of digital recording information on laser disc. The last session was devoted to constructive model allowing to get maximal lift force, as well as decrease construction weight fixed in electronic scales. Following things were used for model construction – plastic measuring cylinder with weights, cardboards, gloves, sellotape. This session was held between groups in competition level, the biggest lift force rate and the lowest weight was 67%.

In first part of the third day participants did enhanced research for determination of radius, that formed from standing wave of water sheet. The research included determining influence of water sheet height, egress speed, and its surface tension and viscosity on formed radius.

In second part of the third day teachers received responses for questions on finding correct scale for graphic design, signing axis graphics, graphic and calculating finding of ʏ axis, counting number of significant digits and determining mistakes

Workshop participants pointed out that they achieved goals set up in the beginning of workshop, as well as they shall share the experience got from this workshop.