This event has been cancelled due to COVID restrictions. It will be re-scheduled to 2022.

Purpose: To enhance the skills and confidence of laboratory technicians in supporting the physics aspects of the Years 7 – 10 Science Curriculum. The focus is on the resources commonly found in schools.

The program includes workshops on:

  • Learning new skills: i) Using and repairing multimeters, ii) Setting up a CRO for demonstrations with both analog and digital versions, iii) Using a Ruhmkorff coil for high voltage demonstrations. (45 mins each)
  • Quick Tests on Equipment to see it is working or not plus a few hints on fixing stuff with Harvey Edwards from Principles and Practice. Some suggestions are i) Basic fault finding technique, ii) LED and other electronic component testing, Hodson Light Box lamps – common faults, iii) Power supplies (power packs) – testing, iv) Maintaining ac/dc hand generators. 1 hour)
  • Tips, tricks and techniques with sensor technologies with Doug Bail from Ciderhouse, to help you, teachers and students make the most of the digital data acquisition available to schools. The workshop will include some experiments, chat through tips, maintenance, calibration and analyse some data to help you support the use of this equipment. The session will use PASCO gear but is intended for support of all equipment and particular notes will be made of options available from other suppliers. ( 1 hour)
  • Safe handling of ionising radiation and storage of radioactive sources ( 45 mins)
  • Laboratory management hints and lab tour ( 45 mins)

The program will be designed to accommodate your interests. The workshops by Harvey Edwards and Doug Bail will be common as will one of the New Skills, but you can choose to do the others. The Talk and Demonstration on ionising radiation as well as the Lab Tour are optional. When you register you can indicate your preferences. There is also scope to suggest other items of equipment, such as the Van De Graaff generator for example, for Harvey’s session.

Once there are sufficient registrations to discern the preferences, a program will be designed and displayed here.

Cost: $60. Lunch is provided. A copy of the LTAV’s Physics Reference Manual is available at a discounted price of $20.

To book: Click here. A credit card is preferred, but the system can generate an invoice for payment by EFT if the school does not have a credit card and will not reimburse a personal credit card.

The sessions will be conducted by Dan O’Keeffe, Gary Cohen and Peter Furlong from the Vicphysics Teachers’ Network, Svetlana Marchouba from Camberwell Grammar School, Doug Bail from Ciderhouse and Harvey Edwards from Principles and Practice.

Information for Participants

This is the information provided to the participants to previous event. Updated versions for this year’s event will be posted after bookings close.

Registration Information for 2018 Lab Techs Workshop 118 kB pdf
Map of the venue showing parking and registration 205 kB doc
Map of rooms for Lab Techs Workshop 37.9 kB doc

This event is organised by Camberwell Grammar School and the Vicphysics Teachers’ Network.

For more details email Vicphysics