|1. Girls in Physics Breakfasts for 2020
2020 will be the fifth year of Girls in Physics Breakfasts. With the support of a Community Grant from Bank Australia, Vicphysics is able to continue the regional component and expand it to Mildura. The details for the program for 2020 are:
Breakfasts with confirmed dates and speakers can now be booked. Information is now on the Vicphysics website.
- Mildura: Tuesday, 10th March with speaker: Dr Suzie Sheehy from the University of Melbourne and Oxford University on 'Colliding Worlds: Using particle physics to cure cancer'.
- Geelong: Wednesday, 18th March with speaker: Dr Elizabeth Hinde from the University of Melbourne on 'Glow in the Dark: Using fluorescence to observe DNA in a living cell'
- Ballarat: Friday, 20th March with speaker to be confirmed by the end of 2019.
- Wodonga: Friday, 17th April with speaker: Dr Judy Hart from the University of New South Wales on 'Developing new materials for renewable energy'
- Warrnambool: Friday, 1st May with speaker: Emeritus Professor Frances Separovic AO from the University of Melbourne on 'MRI of Molecules: Biophysics meets Cell Chemistry'.
- Bendigo: Friday, 18th May with speaker: Dr Gail Iles from RMIT on 'Human spaceflight and science in space'.
- Monash University: Late May with speaker: Dr Dianne Ruka from Monash University on 'Future Computing and Low Energy Electronics' with the date to be confirmed by the end of 2019.
- Central Melbourne: Term 3 with the Australian Institute of Physics Women in Physics International lecturer for 2020 to be announced in April 2020.
At a Girls in Physics Breakfast, students from Years 10 to 12 share a table with two or three women with careers in physics or engineering or still at university. In addition to the conversation at the table and the talk there are also activities on Careers in STEM.
Cost per student is $15 with the first teacher free. The cost for additional teachers was $15 each. A discount to $5 per student is available for schools with a low ICSEA rank. Discounts can be applied for by emailing Vicphysics .
Max number of students per school: To enable more schools to participate, there was an initial maximum of six (6) students per school. For regional events up to 12 students can be accommodated.
Bookings must be made through Trybooking. The link is the Vicphysics website.
Note: Payment needs 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
2. VCAA Science Assessment Item Review Workshop
The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) is inviting educators with a strong understanding of the Victorian Curriculum F-10: Science, and a keen interest in assessment, to participate in an item review workshop. On completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:
• apply best practice principles for the review of objective assessment items
• better understand the relationship between the content descriptions and achievement standards in the Victorian Curriculum, and their alignment with assessment items
• evaluate the quality of assessment items.
The workshops are supporting a new VCAA initiative, the Digital Assessment Library (DAL). Following the workshops, there is the potential to join a VCAA Item Review and Development Panel which will support the development of new science assessments for the DAL.
The workshop will be run on Tuesday 21 January 2020 in the CBD and attendees will be reimbursed $556 for their participation. If you are interested in being involved, click here . Expressions of interest are due by COB on Monday, 16th December 2019.
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3. Seeking a Physics Teacher? Seeking a job?
Last year Vicphysics Teachers' Network set up a Job Ads page on our website to assist schools in finding a physics teacher, either to be a LSL replacement or to fill an ongoing position or just to cover an extended sick leave. Several schools placed notices.
The web page also lists the Government schools seeking a physics teachers, currently there are two. This web page will be updated every weekend.
The webpage also has a link on how schools can register a position and also lodge a payment for this service.
a) Physics Days at Luna Park: 3rd March - 6th March, 2020
The dates for 2020 are Tuesday, 3rd March to Friday, 6th March.
Bookings are open for next year's Physics Days at Luna Park, click on 'Events'. You can make a booking for a particular day this year and change your day once your timetable for 2020 is known. But please remember to notify Luna Park on any change of date at least a fortnight before the event.
An aerobatic display by a member of the Roulettes has been requested, but confirmation is often not provided before February next year.
The silly Serpent has been removed, two rides have been relocated and a new ride is being installed.
If you wish to book a Pasco data logger, please contact Ciderhouse directly.
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5. Events for Teachers
a) 2020 Physics Teachers Conference: Friday, 14th February, La Trobe University, Saturday, 15th February, various venues
The Program and Registration Form for next year's Physics Teachers' Conference are now available at STAV
and on the Vicphysics website.
The program includes:
Cost: STAV Individual member: $192, STAV School subscriber: $310, Non-STAV member: $336, Retired teacher and full-time student: $78.
- An opening address on Light and Shade: Revolutionising medical imaging by exploring the wave nature of light by Dr Kaye Morgan, Monash University
- A Real World Physics Forum: Tequila and a microwave oven - how to grow a diamond and apply physics in the real world by Dr Alaistair Stacey, RMIT
- 54 workshops across four sessions including a review of the 2019 Physics Exam by Andrew Hansen, the Chief Assessor, which is one of fifteen repeated workshops.
- Extensive display of texts and equipment.
- A Saturday program of excursion tasters to the Australian Synchrotron and the Victorian Space Science Education Centre and a two hour medical physics in-service at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.
b) Vicphysics is organising a Beginning Physics Teacher In-Service on Tues, 31st March at Kew High School.
Cost: Free, with a travel subsidy for regional participants. Click here for more details and to register.
c) Independent Schools Victoria (ISV) is organising two Physics Workshops, one on Units 1 & 2 on Weds, 22nd January and another on Units 3 & 4 on Fri, 24th January. Each is for teachers new to teaching physics or seeking a refresher. The presenter is Theo Hughes.
Cost for each: $295 for teachers from member schools of ISV, $350 for teachers from non-member schools.
Venue: ISV Office, West Melbourne
Details and to register: Units 1 & 2 workshop, Units 3 & 4 workshop
d) Climate Across the Curriculum, Friday, 14th February, Fremantle, WA
This free workshop is part of Trans-disciplinary Research Oriented Pedagogy for Improving Climate Studies and Understanding (TROP ICSU) , a global project funded by the International Council of Science. It aims to improve understanding of climate science by providing educators with teaching tools and lesson plans. TROP ICSU collates and curates a collection of these teaching resources so that teachers in schools and colleges/universities across the world can use them to introduce examples and case studies from climate science and climate change to the teaching of Science, Mathematics, Social Sciences and other disciplines. The goal is not to introduce Climate Education as a stand-alone topic, but to integrate it with the existing curriculum.
This expert workshop aims to contribute to the TROP ICSU repository of teaching tools and lesson plans for use in secondary schools across the world. A specific focus is lesson plans that are useful for teaching Australian curriculums for Years 7-12 STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). The workshop will give teachers, climate scientists and curriculum experts the opportunity to work together in small groups to develop these lesson plans and gain from each other’s expertise and experience. The event is being organised by the ARC Centre for Excellence on Climate Extremes.
6. Physics from the Web
Time: 8:30am - 1:00pm
Venue: Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle
There is an optional PD session on climate science in the afternoon.
For more details and to register interest, click here.
Items selected from the bulletin of the Institute of Physics (UK).
Each item below includes the introductory paragraphs and a web link to the rest of the article.
The promise and challenges of airborne Wind Energy
From Caribbean islands to the windswept coasts of northern Europe, a new way of generating renewable energy is taking shape. But will it ever reach the mainstream? Margaret Harris assesses the prospects for harnessing the wind with kites, drones and other airborne devices.
The fictional science of Science Fiction movies
As the name suggests, science-fiction movies are just that – fiction. Unfortunately, that sometimes means the science is too. Rhett Allain examines some concepts that sci-fi movies regularly get wrong . An extensive anthology.
Physics Techniques line up to advance Medical Care
Short descriptions of presentations at a UK Conference describing physics technologies that enable a diverse range of medical applications, from biological and diagnostic imaging to radiation and proton therapies, as well as drug design and water purification.
Turning Science to Movie Magic
What better way to accurately depict science in films than to ask the people studying it off screen? Emilie Lorditch talks to physicists who help filmmakers take science from the lab to the red carpet
The mesmerizing science of garden sprinklers
It's amazing how much physics fun you can have with basic everyday stuff. Next time you’re watering the yard, stop and look at that simple spinning sprinkler. Watch the jets of water as they shoot out—why do they form those pretty arcing streams? A lot of times, a physicist’s job comes down to figuring out why the world is so beautiful.