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Girls in Physics Breakfasts

The Vicphysics Teachers' Network has received federal funding to expand the Girls in Physics Breakfasts program for 2018. There will be three breakfasts in the Melbourne metropolitan area and three in regional Victoria, in Ballarat, Bendigo and Geelong. See dates and venues below.

At each breakfast students from Years 10 to 12 share a table with two or three young women who are either in the early stages of a career in physics or engineering, or are at university as an undergraduate or a postgraduate. The students have a chance to ask questions about their careers and what study at university is like. Students will be seated with students from other schools.

There is also an address by a prominent scientist, who will talk about her area of interest at a level appropriate for the audience.

Dates, Venues and Speakers

  • 13th March, Hawthorn Speaker: Dr Sue Barrell, Chief Scientist, Bureau of Meteorology Topic: Severe weather: How we forecast its impact.
  • 28th March, Ballarat Speaker: Dr Elizabeth Hinde, University of Melbourne Topic: Glow in the dark: Using fluorescence to observe DNA in a living cell.
  • 20th April, Sunshine Speaker: Dr Laura Wolz, University of Melbourne Topic: Radio Astronomy through the eyes of a Cosmologist.
  • 27th April, Bendigo Speaker: Prof Frances Separovic, University of Melbourne Topic: MRI for Molecules, Biophysics meets Cell Chemistry
  • 4th May, Geelong Speaker: Dr Gail Iles, RMIT Topic: Human spaceflight and science in space

A sixth breakfast will be held at the Clayton campus of Monash University early in Term 3. The date and speaker are yet to be finalised.

These are flyers for each of these breakfasts with more details about the venue, the topic and the speaker. They come in two styles: a more formal, text based version and a more graphic version.

Formal versions: Hawthorn, Ballarat, Sunshine, Bendigo, Geelong

Graphic versions: Hawthorn, Ballarat, Sunshine, Bendigo, Geelong

Numbers: Teachers can book up to twelve girls per school. The maximum is set at this level to increase the number of schools participating.

Cost: The cost is $15 per student, there is no charge for one teacher, the cost for additional teachers is $15 each.

Additional Optional Activity: For the Hawthorn and Ballarat Breakfats students participated in a hands on practical activity. Each student constructed, tesed and kept a small technological device. This year it was a freezer alarm, a one transistor circuit using a thermistor and an LED. There is no extra cost for the kit.  For the Sunshine Breakfast an activity on exploring careers in STEM will be done and it may be used for the remaining breakfasts.

Times: Each breakfast will start at 7:30am and finish at 9:15am. The additional activity will continue on to 10:15am.

Discount: Schools with a low ICSEA value can apply for a discounted fee of $5 per student by emailing Vicphysics with subject "Discount" and the name of the venue. A response will be supplied by return email. If the discounted fee is confirmed for the school, the email will include a code which can be entered when making the booking. Please note: There is a limited pool of funds for this subsidy so schools should seek confirmation quickly.

Transport back to School The Hawthorn and Sunshine venues are well served by public transport, so the students attending these venues can easily get back to school. For the cities of Ballarat, Bendigo and Geelong, there is some public transport, but the venue may not be convenient to some participating schools, so a bus will be hired to take students from these schools back to school.

School bookings will need to be made through Trybooking. To book, click on the venue you wish to attend: Hawthorn, Ballarat, Sunshine, Bendigo, Geelong

Note: Payment will need to be made at the time of booking, so a school credit card or personal credit card will be required. School Orders are not accepted. There is a small Trybooking surcharge. If a school subsequently needs an invoice number for their accounts, or if a teacher is making the payment and needs a receipt for reimbursement, please contact Vicphysics.

Information letters for participants: Hawthorn

Interested in being a guest at one or more of the breakfasts?

If you are a young woman studying physics or engineering or working in these fields and would like to participate in these events, share a table with secondary students and meet with other young women in your field, please contact Vicphysics or go here to enter your details on line. There is no cost.

The Girls in Physics Breakfasts are organised by the Vicphysics Teachers' Network and supported by funding under the Maker Projects: Scheme B of the Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, and sponsorships from the Laby Foundation, ANSTO, the Victorian Branch of the Australian Institute of Physics, the ARC Centre of Excellence in Future Low Energy Electronic Technologies (FLEET), the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Swinburne University, the School of Engineering at Deakin University in Geelong, the College of Engineering and Science at Victoria University, the College of Science, Health and Engineering at La Trobe University and the Faculty of Science and Technology at Federation University.

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