Physics insight and understanding comes through doing physics, in particular solving problems. Isaac is a site designed to offer support and activities in physics problem solving to teachers and to students transitioning from GCSE, through to Sixth Form and onto university. It combines an online study tool with face-to-face events at partner schools and institutions across the UK.
BGS teamed up with ISAAC to deliver a free workshop to improve the problem solving skills of A Level physics students. This is done by the students using the site as registered users, and by a series of workshops which are run nationally. Some students are even offered places on summer schools at Cambridge based on their performance.
Jed Boardman, Head of Physics said: “The ISAAC Physics workshop was designed to demonstrate to students that exponential behaviour occurs in many different contexts which include Nuclear chain reactions and population growth. It also demonstrated to students that A level Mathematics is highly applicable to Physics.
The students who attended the workshop were inspired to tackle challenging problems with an exponential context. The challenges tackled in the workshop should prove to be an excellent preparation for the rest of their A level course in Physics and should also stand them in good stead for pending interviews at the very best universities in the UK for a variety of degree courses.”
Ned Prideaux, Head of Physics at New College in Pontefract and Isaac Physics workshop Lead said:
“Isaac Physics seeks to help the transition from A level to degree Physics courses through building students ability to tackle problems that often require more problem solving and mathematical skill than A level questions.
The workshops are a great way to get top quality students from different schools and colleges together and, however unlikely it might sound to an outsider, really enjoy tackling questions that are pushing at the limits of their ability.”
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“The workshop was a fantastic opportunity for students to grapple with some really difficult physics problems. It also helped develop their general problem solving skills.”