This was an excellent workshop and came with loads of absolutely amazing free goodies (a teacher's favourite kind)!
This two day course was a combination of admissions information, obviously they were trying to sell their university, and practical workshops using the free kit.
The first workshop was in optics. We were given the photonics explorer kit, which is brilliant kit full of mirrors, lasers, polarisers, filters... everything you need to teach light to most key stages and a whole class set. It also comes with handy worksheets full of suggested experiments. These were part of an EU project and you can only get your hands on them through training courses but keep your eyes out.
The second fantastic piece of kit were were given was a Music Mixer board (or 15 of them!). This is a kit that was designed by students at the university as part of an outreach project. It is a circuit board that has components on it for several A Level experiments: wave interference, potential dividers and deriving Plank's constant with different coloured LEDs. It's a brilliant bit of kit that is incredibly useful for us as Plank's constant kits are normally very expensive but also for the University as it is emblazoned with their logo.
We also had an introduction to Isaac Physics and lots of chances to network with other teachers. It was free two day event with free accommodation and a fancy dinner. Really worth a visit!
is also a teacher and massive e-learning nerd.