home » events » Previous Conferences » Prac Workshops

Practical Activities Workshops and Equipment Fair

Program, Registration

Information for participants, Worksheets

This event has been cancelled. The event will be re-scehduled either later in 2016 or early in 2017. The 2016 program was to include:

  1. hands on, self paced workshops on practical activities for various VCE Physics topics. Each workshop will start with a brief run through of the practical activities on offer. The workshops are nominally for those new to teaching or new to teaching physics, but they will be of value to anyone seeking to renew or refresh their ideas,
  2. presentations of the demonstrations for Electromagnetism for those seeking to enrich their repertoire of demos, twice during the day
  3. presentations on Unit 2 Option: How do instruments make Music? by Adrian Alexander of 'Sound in Practice' excursion, presented twice.
  4. all day displays of physics equipment from the suppliers, Ciderhouse and Haines, for those considering budgets for next year,
  5. tours of the school's recently refurbished science facilities. One tour will include the labs and the 'Journey through Science' corridor of exemplary displays designed to engage students in science. The second tour will be of the preparation areas.

The program is also of value to trainee teachers and lab technicians.

Venue: Camberwell Grammar School, Mont Albert Rd, Canterbury

Date: Cancelled Thursday, 7th April, 2016

Cost: $30 to teachers and lab technicians plus booking fee. The event is free to trainee teachers. Lunch is provided.

Registration: This year the registration will be by Trybooking. You will need to enter your contact details as well as your preferred activity for each of the five sessions. It is suggested that you download the file below containing the program to make your selections of activities prior to going on line.

 Type

Filename

Filesize

Microsoft Word

Practical Activities Workshops Notice and Program

88.6 kB

A description of the professional development activity 'Practical Activities Workshops and Equipment Fair' including the program showing the activities on in each of the five sessions.

The program will consist of five (5) 45 minute sessions, with 8 to 10 activities on offer in each session. When registering you will need to indicate which activity you want for each of the sessions you plan to stay for. For some activities, such as the hands on self paced workshops, you may prefer to spend more than one session on the activity.

a) Workshop descriptions based on the new course which has been introduced in Year 11 in 2016 and will be introduced in Year 12 in 2017.

Electrical Circuits: Experiments from Unit 1 Electricity.

Motion: Experiments for Units 2 and 3 Motion.

Electromagnetism: Experiments from Unit 3 Electromagnetism.

Unit 4 Waves and Light: Experiments on waves and light including interference and diffraction and the photoelectric effect

Unit 1 Thermodynamics

Unit 3 Electric Fields

These six workshops are available in each session. Each workshop will start with a brief run through of the practical activities on offer. Participants can then either:

  • work through as many pracs as they want, or
  • just do enough on a prac to get a sense of it, or
  • ask questions of the supervisor who will be an experienced teacher or just
  • browse around.

Participants can register for more than one session of a workshop if they want to spend more than the 45 minutes on the topic.

Please Note: Participants are asked to download their own copy of the worksheets, see below,if they are attending any workshop.

Return to top

Registration

Registrations are now open and close on Thursday 24th March, 2016. This year the registration will be by Trybooking.

 Type

Filename

Filesize

Microsoft Word

Experiments and Demonstrations

111 kB

List of the experiments that will be available and demonstrations that will be done at the Practical Activities and Equipment Fair. For each item there is a brief description and an indication of the equipment used.

Please note: If you wish to attend, you will need to register. The sessions will be held in classrooms, so there is a limit on the capacity.

Information for participants

 Type

Filename

Filesize

Microsoft Word

Map of the Venue

999 kB

A map of the school overlaid with parking spaces, directions to lab for Registration and nearby toilets.

Return to top

Worksheets

Please Note: Participants are asked to download their own copy of the worksheets, see below, if they are attending either workshop.

The practical activities workshops, as mentioned above will be informal sessions. There will be supervisors present to answer your queries and offer assistance, but participants are free to wander and browse, or try out several pracs or work through some in depth.

Unit 1 Thermodynamics

 Type

Filename

Filesize

Microsoft Word

A set of questions from the Introductory Activity on Thermodynamics

38.9 kB

The questions generated by students from short practical exercises. The list is accompanied by two wide ranging tasks for students.

Microsoft Word

Introductory Activity on Thermodynamics

50.2 kB

A set of short practical exercises to introduce students to thermal phenomena and to stimulate a curiosity about possible explanations by asking them to generate questions to which they would like answers.

Microsoft Word

Homework Activities

68.6 kB

11 pages of activities to be done at home, including practical activities.

Microsoft Word

Heat Capacity of Aluminium

22 kB

A prac sheet on determining the heat capacity of Aluminium

Microsoft Word

Practical Investigation on Thermodynamics

29.7 kB

A practical investigation into energy transfer processes in which students design, construct then test a thermos for a plastic cup of hot water using a range of recycled and reverse garbage material.

Microsoft Word

Thermodynamics Homework

68.6 kB

A set of written and practical tasks to do at home.

Electricity related experiments

 Type

Filename

Filesize

Microsoft Word

Worksheets for Unit 1 Electricity

1.59 MB

Worksheets for experiments for Unit 1 Electricity

Microsoft Word

Worksheets for Unit 3 Electromagnetism

494 kB

Worksheets for experiments for Unit 3 Magnetic Fields and Electrical Energy Areas of Study.

Motion related experiments

 Type

Filename

Filesize

Adobe PDF

Worksheets for Unit 2 Motion

396 kB

Worksheets for experiments for Unit 2 Motion

Adobe PDF

Worksheets for Unit 3 Motion

485 kB

Worksheets for experiments for Unit 3 Motion

Light and Matter Pracs

 Type

Filename

Filesize

Microsoft Word

Worksheets for Unit 4 Light and Matter

133 kB

Worksheets for experiments for Unit 4 Ideas about Light and Matter.

Unit 4 Waves and Light Pracs

 Type

Filename

Filesize

Microsoft Word

Introductory Light Activities

191 kB

A set of a large number short practical activities intended to stimulate students' curiosity about what light is and what it can do. The students generate questions that they would like answers to. These become the basis of a later assessment task at the end of the unit in which the student can choose their own set of questions to answer. Prepared by Dan O'Keeffe, Vicphysics Teachers' Network.

Return to top