Support for New Physics Teachers: In-Service and a Mentor Scheme
The AIP Education Committee is keen to assist new physics teachers whether they are:
- a) First Year Outs,
- b) Teachers returning to Physics teaching after many years’ absence, or
- c) Teachers who have been asked by their school to take physics.
The in-service program is a full day in-service during the Term 1 school holidays. The venue is usually Kew High School. The event is free and travel coverage is available for country participants.
To register please email the AIP with subject “Registration: New Physics Teachers” and include in the email, not only your contact details, but your reason for applying.
Check resources for material prepared for the previous events.
The Mentor Scheme. Several retired physics teachers have offered their services to support new teachers. The AIP Education Committee gives them a stipend to meet with the teacher once during Terms 2, 3 and 4 and to be available for phone and email contact. Teachers wishing to participate in this scheme should send an expression of interest containing their contact details and a statement of why they want to be involved in the scheme. The expression of interest should be accompanied by a letter of support from the Science Coordinator of the School Principal. The documents should be either posted to the AIP Mentor Scheme, PO Box 3054, Richmond, VIC 3121. Schools are welcome to fund additional support from the mentor.
Teacher Action on Climate Change
The AIP (Vic Branch) Education Committee has established an initiative "Science Teachers for Climate Awareness". The purpose of which is to raise the awareness of the voting public, starting with your teaching colleagues at your school, and then the parent body, and other community groups. The Education Committee has developed a presentation package for you to use. All you need to have a willingness to be involved.
Check Climate Change for details of past and forthcoming workshops.
Medical Physics In-Services at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
Participants hear from practitioners in the field as well as see the medical technology. The in-service usually runs from 10:30am until 12:30 on a Saturday morning. There is no cost, but you must register as there is a limit of 20 participants. The program features a one hour talk on:
- the physics aspects of the effect of radiation on the human body and of the medical technology at Peter Mac,
- how the technology is used in diagnosis and treatment, as well as
- information on the training and career paths associated with medical physics.
The second hour will be an extensive tour of the facilities at Peter Mac.
The In-services are usually held on the Saturday after the Physics Teachers Conference each year.
VCE Physics Focus Day
Each year the Physics Department of the University of Melbourne holds a one day in-service for physics teachers in early November.Check here for their website.
For 2013, the event will be on Friday 8th November, see the files below for program details and registration form.
Monthly Lectures of the Victorian Branch of the Australian Institute of Physics
The lectures are usually held at the University of Melbourne usually at 6:30pm on the third Thursday of the month. Click here for program details and flyers.
Monthly Meetings of the AIP (Vic Branch) Education Committee
This year the AIP Education Committee meets at Kew High School normally on the second Tuesday of the month from 5pm – 7pm. The meetings are open to any physics teacher, if you would like to attend any meeting, please email the chair, Sue Grant.
International Masterclass on High Energy Physics
Date & Time: Friday 3rd October, 9:30am - 5:00pm. This event is likely to be repeated in 2014 on a similar date.
The Master class is for interested Year 11 and 12 students. The event is free, but space is limited. Students can register at here. They will need to answer a number of questions such as: i) why they want to participate?, ii) Why they love physics? and iii) Where do they think a career in science could take you? The student's physics teacher needs to endorse the application. Lunch will be provided.
The masterclass will provide an overview of the LHC experiment and the physics involved. Students will work with real data from the ATLAS experiment at the LHC and will be taught by physicists on the cutting-edge of big science. The class will be offered at the Universities of Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney and will be run concurrently. Students will work with CoEPP physicists, researchers from Fermilab (USA) via a video link, and the day will culminate with a virtual visit from ATLAS control room (CERN, Geneva). Dr Steve Goldfarb from CERN will join the masterclass via video link and take students on a tour of the ATLAS control room, plus he will be on hand to answer student questions.
The flyer is also available from the CoEPP website..
VCE Physics Days at Luna Park
The VCE Physics Days are the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of the first week in March. To make a reservation contact Luna Park by phone on (03) 9525 5033 or fax to (03) 9534 5764, or mail to Luna Park at PO Box 1083, St Kilda South, Victoria, 3182. A confirming deposit is required by a fortnight before. The cost of the day in 2011 was $22.95 per student, with teachers free. Check this website under 'Events' for details of the worksheets and arrangements for each of the days.
Melbourne University talks for VCE Students, Thursdays at 6pm
The lectures are arranged to assist your students in years 11 and 12 of VCE Physics. The topics are relevant to the VCE Study Design, and practising physicists agreed to deliver them. The lectures, of about 1 hour duration, were held on Thursdays at 6 pm in the Laby Theatre of the School of Physics. Some light refreshments will be available.
For more information about the outreach activities of the Physics department at the University of Melbourne click here.
Astronomy Public Lectures at Swinburne University
The full lecture program can be found at here.
Australian Student Mineral Venture (ASMV)
The annual Southern ASMV is open to students who are currently in Years 10, 11 or 12 in any school in southern Australia. The primary target group are students in years 10 and 11 although year 12 applicants with a clear interest in the mining industry will also be considered. Current Year 12 students would need to tell advise what course/s they are considering post-school.
The ASMV is a twelve day tour of Victoria and Tasmanian in January visiting minesites, mineral processing plants, geological locations, research laboratories and university facilities. The aim is to introduce students to professional careers within the minerals industry, and of course, to promote the corresponding courses on offer through the School of Science and Engineering at University of Ballarat and other Australian universities. Students meet and spend time onsite with metallurgists, geologists, engineers and environmental scientists. They will have an opportunity to talk to these people about their responsibilities, training and career paths and in so doing, gain an invaluable insight into each role.
Check here for details. The cost per student for the 2010 event was $385, although an inability to pay this must not deter any student from applying. Applications close in late September.
Workshop on 'Materials and their use in structures'
The University of Ballarat runs workshops for students from late March until early June each year. Check Materials page for Information sheet and booking form.