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2015 Physics Teachers Conference, Friday 20th and Saturday 21st February at Monash University, Clayton VICTORIA

Program Description, Conference Opening, Conference Proceedings

Program Description

$400 Grants to attend the Conference: The Laby Foundation offered grants to teachers and schools with the aim of building capacity in physics teaching across Victoria, specifically targeting (but not solely limited to) disadvantaged and rural schools. The grants were available to help fund teachers to attend the 2015 Physics Teachers' Conference. The Committee processed the applications and made recommendations to the Laby Foundation. The grants were to a maximum of $400 per applicant. The Laby Foundation is willing for the Committee to receive retrospective applicants. The document below has the application form, the selection criteria, the expectations of successful applicants, information about how payment will be made and details of where to send the application. Retrospective applicants can apply until Friday, 6th March.

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Laby Foundation Sponsorship

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The application form, the selection criteria, the expectations of successful applicants, information about how payment will be made and details of where to send the application.

The Program included:

  • An opening address by Prof David Jamieson of University of Melbourne on 'Thermodynamics and Climate Change'.
  • A briefing on the new Physics Study Design by Maria James, VCAA Science Manager.
  • Report by Bruce Walsh, the Chief Assessor, on the 2014 Physics Exam (repeated)
  • Five sessions of over 70 workshops in the day and late afternoon program on the Friday.
  • A Karaoke session of short presentations in adjacent and linked venues, see details below.
  • Extensive display of texts and equipment.
  • A Saturday program of excursion tasters (see details below) and a medical physics in-service. Three physics excursion venues will offer tasters at three times. You select which one or more to attend. A two hour medical in-service at Peter Mac is also available.

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Brochure for 2015 AIP/STAV Physics Teachers Conference

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This brochure gives a description of all the workshops on offer.

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Registration Form for 2015 AIP/STAV Physics Teachers Conference

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2015 Physics Teachers' Conference Map

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The map shows the locations of free parking, registration and workshop venues as well as walking tracks to these venues.

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2015 Physics Teachers' Conference Program

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The document includes the program giving the location of each workshop as well as a map showing the locations of free parking, registration and workshop venues, and walking tracks to these venues. Some workshops have already been cancelled and some rooms may change. Others may also be cancelled if there are insufficient numbers. An up todate program will eb available at registration.

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Map of Monash University, Clayton Campus

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The map shows the 'street names' for walkways around the campus.

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Physics in General Science Conference Map

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The map shows the locations of free parking, registration and workshop venues as well as walking tracks to these venues.

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Instructions to access the Guest Wireless Facility

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* Karaoke Session:

A1: Victorian Young Physicists' Tournament (VYPT) Russell Downie, PLC. A presentation on what students do in VYPT, the benefits to them and the role of the teacher.

A2: Satellites in Schools, Paul Butler, Lauriston Girls' School. The aim of the FUNcube project is to create an educational satellite through which school students can learn about radio, space, physics and electronics. The presentation i) how FUNcube is used, ii) what resources and software are needed and iii) the benefits for the students.

A3: VYPT video A video highlights package from the 2014 VYPT

A4: Flipped Classroom and Light Spiros Liacos, Cheltenham Secondary College. A presentation on how to teach light in a flipped classroom, with an outlines of the resources needed and the benefits to the students.

B1: Physics Enrolments: Past, Present and Future Dan O'Keeffe, Vicphysics Teachers' Netwwork Committee. A presentation on trends in the participation in physics

B2: Integrating Computer-Aided Design into the Astrophysics Detailed Study Milorad Cerovac, King David School. As part of the Astrophysics students were introduced to multi-wavelength astronomy. Students do an extended project to design a space-based observatory using the freely available Autodesk Inventor product. The completed CAD designs were then 3D printed (optional) and exhibited in conjunction with a poster presentation. The benefits will be outlined

B3: VYPT video A video highlights package from the 2014 VYPT

B4: A proposal for a Physics Demonstration Library Kristian Grayson, University of Melbourne. Kristian is developing a scheme for schools to access equipment from the University of Melbourne to do demonstrations not normally possible in schools. The talk will outline the plans so far and seek teacher input.

C1: Electronics with Yenka Paul Cuthbert, University High School. A presentation on how to use the Yenka circuit simulation software and the benefits to students.

C2: Space Camp Paul Natoli, Ballarat High School. A shortened version of workshop A4 looking at the journey of putting a space camp trip together, from getting students to fundraising and finally the trip itself.

C3: VYPT video A video highlights package from the 2014 VYPT

C4: VCE Systems Engineering Colin Chapman, Caroline Chisholm Catholic College. A shortened version of B15. Physics teachers may be interested in adding the 'Systems Engineering' string to their bow. The study design 'Systems Engineering' has much physics content drawn from computer science, machines, electricity and electronics.

*Excursion Tasters: There are excursion tasters to the Australian Synchrotron, Victorian Space Science Education Centre and Quantum Victoria. Check the program for details and times.

* Synchrotron Taster: If you are planning to book the Synchrotron for Saturday morning, the following documents will be useful, particularly the safety rules in regard to footwear.

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Conference Opening

The opening to the conference included a rolling powerpoint of events and activities for students and teachers organised by the AIP (Vic Branch) Education Committee, see below. The events and activities include:

Conference Handouts

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Physics Handout from the AIP Education Committee

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The four page handout was included in the registration folder. It featured detailed information about support for beginning teachers and events for students. There was also a site map of this website on the last page.

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Rolling powerpoint prior to Conference Opening

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The powerpoint displayed information about the conference and various AIP events such as Physics Days at Luna Park, support for beginning physics teachers, VYPT and other events for students as well as a statement of the AIP Education Committee's tasks and membership.

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Conference Proceedings

Opening Address by Prof David Jamieson, University of Melbourne on Thermodynamics and Climate Change

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The Opening Address by Prof David Jamieson

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This is the powerpoint compressed as a pdf of Prof Jamieson's talk on 'Thermodynamics and Climate Change' at the 2015 Physics Teachers' Conference.

Chief Assessor's Report

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Chief Assessor's Report on the 2014 Exam

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Powerpoint by Bruce Walsh, chief assessor for Units 3 and 4 exam.

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The Grade Points

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A spreadsheet of the grade points for the years 1999- 2015. The grade point is the raw score cut off for a particular grade. The cumulative percentage of candidates is also included alongside the raw score. The table also has the mean and standard deviation for each exam.

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General Marking Principles

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by Bruce Walsh, the Chief Assessor. Distributed at the 2011 Physics Teachers Conference.

Workshops and Karaoke:

Presentations on specific Areas of Study or Physics related issues: Material can be downloaded from the relevant web page. Click on link.

  • The workshop 'D1, E1: Physics in General Science: Electronics, electricity and magnetism' by Helen Lye, ACER and Dan O'Keeffe, AIP Ed Comm. Years 9 - 10
  • The workshop 'A9 and D3 Easy and Engaging Light Pracs by Spiros Liacos, Cheltenham Secondary College has 7 files. These are at Wave-like Light and a couple at Electricity.
  • The workshop 'A3: Climate Change - What happened to the Science?' by Keith Burrows, AIP Ed Comm. Teaching Climate Change
  • The workshop 'Karaoke: Physics Enrolments: Past, Present and Future' by Dan O'Keeffe, AIP Ed Comm. Educational Research

Teacher developed Websites

  • SACs, Pracs and Resources for Units 1 & 2 Detailed Studies: Paul Fitz-Gerald's and Paul Fielding's website Paul Fitz-Gerald is at Ivanhoe Girls' Grammar School, Paul Fielding is from Billanook College.
  • The Virtual Physics Course VCEPhysics.com: A website by Justin Vincent from Warrnambool College of resources including podcasts, videos, simulations, quizzes, etc.
  • Coyley's Pages: A website by Jane Coyle from Albert Park Secondary College of course material for students.

General Workshops

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Paul Hewitt? Who is he and what is his connection with Conceptual Physics?

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Background material on Conceptual Physics and some hints as to where to find resources to this physics course. presneted by Gary Cohen, AIP Education Committee.

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Lessons from America translated to Australia

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The last two decades have seen the rise of the "Modelling Instruction" pedagogy for high school Physics in the USA. Significant gains in student conceptual understanding have been reported by schools that use this approach. In addition, the method appears to increase student engagement and participation in higher level physics courses. Experiences fro using it in Australia. Barbara McKInnon, John Monash Science School.

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Finding Higgs Boson candidate events using HYPATIA in the classroom

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HYPATIA applet is a tool developed by the University of Athens to allow secondary school students to study the fundamental building blocks of nature and their interactions. Specifically HYPATIA can be used to involve students in the analysis of ATLAS data in the search for particles, such as the recent Higgs-like particle discovery at CERN. HYPATIA offers a graphical representation of ATLAS event data. The students can play with the events and in this way study the fundamental building blocks of nature and their interactions. It introduces students study to how the gigantic state-of-the-art detectors work and compliments their study of particle accelerators. Frank De La Rambelya, South Oakleigh Secondary College

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B8: Free Body Diagrams

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The use of freebody diagrams to analyse forces and motion. Supporting lesson plans and worksheets for participants. The techniques and scenarios are a product of the work of Arnold Aarons and Jim Minstrell in Seattle, the Physics Education Group at the University of Washington, the physics teachers of Bothell High School and then the presenter, Amos Freeman, Christian College, Geelong.

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Did Einstein discover the special theory of relativity?

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Einstein, Lorentz, Fitzgerald, Poincare. A presentation on the rich and complex development of the special theory of relativity leading up to 1905 and look to answer the question, did Albert Einstein discover the special theory of relativity? Shane McLean, Beaconhills College

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Bohr Model of the Atom

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Consideration of the semi-classical theoretical Bohr model of the atom, the visible emission lines for Hydrogen that are predicted by this model, and use spectroscopy to see what one can observe in reality. It provides some theoretical and practical background for teachers related to the quantum aspects of the atom that students study at VCE. Presented by Theo Hughes, Monash University

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Satellites in Schools

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The aim of the project is to create an educational satellite through which school students can learn about radio, space, physics and electronics. The powerpoint outlines how it operates in a school, what software and equipment is needed and useful links. Paul Butler, Lauriston Girls' School

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Introduction to electricity and electric circuits

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A middle school project by Michael Foster, Thornbury High School and Graham Foster.

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Units 1 & 2: Planning a course for 2016

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A 'Backwards by Design' approach to course planning. Neil Champion, Buckley Park Secondary College.

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Units 3 & 4: Planning a course for 2017

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A 'Backwards by Design' approach to course planning. Neil Champion, Buckley Park Secondary College.

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Worksheets for Units 3 & 4: Planning a course for 2017

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A set of worksheets to implement the A 'Backwards by Design' approach to course planning. Neil Champion, Buckley Park Secondary College.

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Worksheets for Units 1 & 2: Planning a course for 2016

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A set of worksheets to implement the A 'Backwards by Design' approach to course planning. Neil Champion, Buckley Park Secondary College.

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Physics Enrolments: Past, Present and Future

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Presentation at the 2015 Physics Teachers Conference in the Karaoke session by Dan O'Keeffe, AIP (Vic Branch) Education Committee.

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Language modelling in developing a conceptual understanding in Physics

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The use of language and the role it has to play in the development of a conceptual understanding in Physics will be given. A personal journey in the art and science of teaching Physics. Dr Murray Anderson, Cambwerwell Grammar School

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Use of Inexpensive Micro-controllers in a Physics Classroom

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The Arduino microcontroller is a cheap and simple way of engaging students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Teachers can easily integrate the Arduino microcontroller into many practical activities in the Physics and non-Physics classroom. By Milorad Cerovac, King David School

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