Information for teachers
For Schools Booked for 2013 Physics Days at Luna Park
The information inc ludes: i) procedures for the day, ii) The ride sequence for each groups of schools, assembly instructions for the aerobatic display and iv) the list of manoeuvres expected to be conducted in the display.
Each schools is allocated to a group to ensure groups of comparable size. Each group is given a letter code. The letter code gives the specific ride sequence for the group. The sequences are included in the Information to teachers above. This file was updated 1/3/13.
The VCE Physics Days at Luna Park are held on the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of the first week in March each year. In 2013: March 5th - 7th.
The cost to students will be $23.95 each. To make a booking contact Luna Park by phone 9525 5033 or fax 9534 5764. A deposit of 20% is required to confirm the booking. Luna Park will invoice the school for the remainder after the event once actual student numbers are known. An information sheet is also available.
An Extra Feature is a one hour Australian Synchrotron excursion before or after the Luna Park Physics Days. Sessions are available at 8:15am and 3:30pm on each day. Schools will need to make their own way between Clayton and St Kilda, but there are public transport options, if needed.
Groups booking the 3:30pm session can leave Luna Park at the normal time. The excursion will be of value to any physics student regardless of whether they will be doing the Synchrotron detailed study later in the year. The device itself is relevant to Electric Power, but seeing the diverse career opportunities that come from studying physics is the principal benefit.
If you wish to book this excursion, please contact Leanne Wallace at the Synchrotron, indicating date, session and likely student numbers.
Another Extra Feature for 2013 is an aerobatic performance above St Kilda beach, adjacent to Luna Park by one of the RAAF team, the Roulettes. Check here for information about the display and the physics of aerobatics.
The aerobatic display will start promptly at 10:00am and will last for about 15 minutes. The Luna Park day will run from 10:30am until 2:30pm.
Over 700 students are likely be at Luna Park on each day. To ensure that all students get access to all the rides, a roster will be prepared with schools being grouped and each group starting at a different ride, then going through the rides in the same order.
There are expected to be 12 rides operating over the four hours, so schools will spend 20 minutes at each ride before moving on to the next in a sequence. Note: Luna Park cannot guarantee that all 12 rides will be available on the day. If a ride is unavailable then the number of groups will be reduced, the 20 minutes per ride will remain and for the last 20 minutes of the day, schools will be able to choose which rides they wish to return to.
Information on a school's sequence of rides, where to assemble before entry to Luna Park, what students should bring, etc will be sent by Luna Park to schools in the week before.
Note: Worksheets will not be available at Luna Park. Teachers should download them from this website, modify if they wish, select all or some and photocopy for their students.
Documents available include:
- Information about what to bring, wet weather, etc. (file below)
- Background material on the physics of the rides, descriptions of the rides, pre-excursion activities, useful science equipment and a post excursion quiz.
- Evaluation sheets for teachers and for students which will also be sent to the school by Luna Park. (file below)
Note: This is the teacher's excursion. Teachers are responsible for their students at all times.
There are expected to be 12 rides operating over the four hours, so schools will spend 20 minutes at each ride before moving on to the next in a sequence.
Information about what to bring, wet weather, etc.
Evaluation sheets for teachers and for students which will also be sent to the school by Luna Park.