The Geophys Story(EPHYS: Geophys)

Provider: Earth Science Education Unit (ESEU)
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Description Try using the ‘Geophys’ of ‘Time-Team’ to detect ‘things beneath the ground’ in the same way as geophysical techniques find archaeological remains, buried infrastructure and natural resources. These activities show how school physics is used in ‘real world’ situations. Please contact ESEU to arrange a convenient date and time for this NO FEE workshop; travel and sundry expenses are the only costs incurred.
Duration 90 minutes

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Learning outcomes for participants/users and, where relevant, pupils or students

Geophys: using Earth physics to probe the ground

Expected learning outcomes:

Participants will be able to:

  • demonstrate how magnetic induction works
  • demonstrate how magnetic field strength can be monitored
  • demonstrate the electrical resistance method of surveying practically
  • describe how carbon 14 dating is used
  • understand how these processed can be applied to ‘real world’ situations
  • understand how to use these methods to enhance their A-level or GCSE physics teaching
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The Geophys Story

This workshop lasts approximately 90 minutes and includes the following hands-on, practical activities:

  • Starter Activity: Probing the ground through the window – by physics
  • Circus Activity: Ground probing for metals – by magnetic induction
  • Circus Activity: Ground probing for magnetic metals – using magnetic field strength
  • Circus Activity: Electrical ground probing – Earth-resistance surveying
  • Circus Activity: Dating your finds – virtual dating by the carbon-14 method
  • Plenary Activity: Forensic physics – using physics to find out ‘who done it’
  • Geophys real life applications

The general activity format for each of the above is as follows:

  • Topic addressed
  • Physics GCE AS and A Level specification references
  • Student practical or teacher demonstration identified
  • Time needed to complete the activity
  • Preparation and set-up time
  • Resource list
  • Description of activity in detail
  • Results expected
  • Student learning outcomes
  • Underlying principles
  • Ideas for following up the activity
  • Possible misconceptions

Workshop material also includes sections on:

  • Career opportunities for seismology and geophysics
  • Career profiles
  • Resource list
  • Risk Assessment

Earth Science Education Unit workshops have been devised for teachers and trainee teachers. They are intended to provide participants with a range of activities that can be used in the classroom, whilst helping them to develop the skills for using the activities in an engaging and motivating way that will enthuse and educate their pupils, whilst developing their critical thinking skills. The workshops should also develop the background Earth science knowledge and understanding of the teachers involved.

The workshop format may be transposed directly into a classroom, but often this is not appropriate. Similarly, individual activities, and the worksheets on which these are based, may be transferable directly into a classroom situation, but will often require modification for the classes and situations in which they are used, during which suitable risk assessments are undertaken.

This course does not have any pre-booked dates available. Please contact the provider directly to arrange this training.