Support for New Physics Teachers: In-Service and a Mentor Scheme
The Vicphysics Teachers' Network 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 Committee 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 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 Mentor Scheme, PO Box 290, Flinders Lane VIC 8009. Schools are welcome to fund additional support from the mentor.
Teacher Action on Climate Change
The Committee 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 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 2014, the event was on Friday 14th November, see the files below for program details.
Monthly Meetings of the Vicphysics Teachers' Network Committee
This year the Committee meets at University 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, Dan O'Keeffe.
International Masterclass on High Energy Physics: The Search for Higgs
Date In July each year.
The Master class is for interested Year 11 and 12 students. The event is free, but space is limited. For details anbout the current program go to here.
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).
VCE Physics Days at Luna Park
The VCE Physics Days are the Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 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. The cost of the day was $22.95 per student, with teachers free, but may be higher now. 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.