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PHYSCON 2024

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a conference for all teachers of Physics

23 February
Swinburne University of Technology and online

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PHYSCON 2024 is a hybrid event proudly presented by the Vicphysics Teachers’ Network with the support of Swinburne University of Technology on Friday 23 February, 2024

PHYSCON 2024 is an innovative and exciting hybrid professional development event for secondary school Physics teachers featuring

  • live-streamed keynote addresses by Dr Liam Hall, Principal Research Scientist and Science Leader in Quantum Biotechnology at CSIRO speaking about the rapidly developing field of quantum technologies and innovative approaches to teaching quantum concepts in secondary schools and Dr Sara Webb from the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing at Swinburne University of Technology speaking about Bringing the Universe into the Classroom
  • four sessions of workshops in person and online
  • access to exhibitors
  • networking opportunities over morning tea, lunch and post-conference drinks
  • presentation by Maria James, VCAA Science Curriculum Manager
  • review of the Nov 2023 exam by the Chief Assessor, Andrew Hansen
  • laboratory tours of cutting-edge facilities and visits to the Virtual Reality theatre
  • Saturday morning events: Excursion tasters to Australian Synchrotron and Victorian Space Science Education Centre (VSSEC)

PHYSCON 2024 offers both in person and online only registration options.

In person registration ($350) includes live sessions and hybrid sessions, as well as access to all recorded sessions post conference.

Online registration ($300) consists of all the hybrid online only sessions, as well as access to all recorded sessions post conference.

Post conference registration ($135) consists of access to all recorded sessions post conference (discounts apply).

Hybrid sessions are live sessions that are simultaneously streamed to an online audience.

The opportunity for Q & A and interaction with presenters will be available at all live, hybrid and online sessions.

Both in person and online delegates will be able to visit and talk to all Exhibitors.

Registration discounts available to Vicphysics subscribers: Individual ($50), School ($10), Student ($100) and Retired ($100).

Friday February 24

8.00am

Registration                                                                                                                      Coffee Cart by anzuk education

8.30am

Welcome

Associate Professor Brenton Hall, Chair of Department of Physics and Astronomy,

Swinburne University of Technology

Dr Barbara McKinnon, President, Vicphysics Teachers’ Network

8.40am

Opening Keynote

Dr Sara WebbBringing the Universe into the Classroom

9.30am

Workshop session A

A1 Hybrid

Elizabeth Piacquadio, Loreto Mandeville HallUsing real world context and questioning to improve physics outcomes

A2 Hybrid

Rick Zhang, Tilt Renewables Pty LtdOpportunities and challenges in renewable electric generation transformation

A3 Hybrid

Joe Cossette, Minnetonka High School – Minnetonka, Minnesota, USANature of Science Tasks

A4 Hybrid

Halid Takimoglu, De La Salle CollegeNew Study Design – VCE Physics

A5 Hybrid

Emma BarnettIndigenous perspectives on teaching and learning in Physics

A6 Hybrid

Maria James, Science Curriculum Manager, VCAAPlanning for the new Units 3 and 4 SAC tasks

A7 In person only

Caroline Cotton, BioBrainFlipped Learning in the Physics classroom (Commercial)

A8 Hybrid

Sandor Kazi, Melbourne Girls’ CollegeGenerating lively discussions in class: An example using electrostatics

A9 Hybrid

Spiro Liacos, Cheltenham Secondary CollegeGallipoli Balloon Bursters (Drip Balloons) and Trip Wire Balloon Bursters (Trip Balloons): The Ultimate STEM Challenges.

A10 Hybrid

Jackie Bondell, OzGravPulsars, Black Holes, and Gravitational Waves: Contemporary Topics, Innovative Classroom Ideas

A11 In person only

Doug Bail, CiderhousePractical investigations of electromagnetic induction (Commercial)

A12 In person only

Genevieve Lazzari, Swinburne UniversityVirtual Reality Astrotour

10.30am

Morning tea                                                                                                                          Coffee Cart by anzuk education

11.20am

Workshop session B

B1 Hybrid

Colin Hopkins, OAM. Retired Senior Physics TeacherTips and hints for beginning teachers and teachers returning to Physics

B2 Hybrid

Yuriy Verkhatsky, Bialik CollegeSolving conceptual problems

B3 Hybrid

Campbell Wilson and Loukia Andrews, Montmorency Secondary CollegeConstructing and analysing motors for assessment

B4 Hybrid

Theo Hughes, Cornish CollegeTime Dilation

CANCELLED B5 Hybrid

Deepa Jain, Kew High SchoolInvestigative Science Learning Environment (ISLE)

B6 Hybrid

Andrew Hansen, Chief AssessorReview of the 2023 VCE Physics exam

B7 Hybrid

Dr Merryn Dawborn-Gundlach, University of MelbourneDesigning rubrics to assess VCE Physics SACs and Outcomes

B8 Hybrid

Sandra Marwick, Swinburne UniversitySynchrotron Science Education for Secondary School Curriculum

B9 Hybrid

Prof Alan Duffy, Swinburne UniversityExploring radiation and relativity with classroom muon detectors (Commercial)

B10 Hybrid

Andrew Yen, Luther College, Eltham College and Dr Michael Fitzgerald, Las Cunbres ObservatoryPhoton Ranch – student access to robotic telescopes

B11 In person only

Doug Bail, CiderhouseLight as a wave and a particle (Commercial)

B12 In person only

Genevieve Lazzari, Swinburne UniversityAdvanced Technology Laboratory Tour

12.20pm

Workshop session C

CANCELLED C1 Hybrid

Rachael Gore, Albert Park CollegeCommunicating Concepts: How students can ground their ideas in a clear understanding of “first principle” ideas in physics

C2 Hybrid

Catherine BellairLiteracy Strategies for Physics Classes

C3 Hybrid

Spiro Liacos, Cheltenham Secondary CollegeElectricity: The Shocking Truth

C4 Hybrid

Theo Hughes, Cornish CollegeThe Photoelectric Effect

C5 In person only

Kyla Adams and David Wood, University of Western Australia Teaching quantum science the simple way

C6 Hybrid

Maria James, Science Curriculum Manager, VCAAPlanning for the new Units 3 and 4 SAC tasks

C7 Hybrid

Colin Hopkins, OAM. Retired Senior Physics TeacherCan the use of past exam questions enhance teaching and learning?

C8 In person only

Halid Takimoglu, De La Salle CollegeVCE Physics Experiments – A Different Approach

C9 Hybrid

Adrian Lam, Haileybury CollegeRecreating viral experiments at school

C10 Hybrid

Jodie O’Connor and Matt Dodds, Carey Baptist Grammar SchoolStories from CERN: Revealing our Experience and Takeaways

C11 In person only

Kristina Hicks, IFlyA Physics Excursion of a lifetime (Commercial)

C12 In person only

Genevieve Lazzari, Swinburne UniversityVirtual Reality Astrotour

1.20pm

Lunch

2.10pm

Workshop session D

D1 Hybrid

Dino Cevolatti and Stuart Bird, Castlemaine Secondary CollegeDIRTSCAN – A Scaffolded Problem-Solving Strategy

D2 Hybrid

Dr Adele Hudson and Jill Forward, Aitken CollegeCollective learning in the Physics classroom

D3 Hybrid

David Wood and Kyla Adams, University of Western Australia Why Einstein-First: Modernising the teaching of physics

D4 Hybrid

Stuart Fankhauser, Nossal High SchoolNavigating the Intersection of AI and Education

D5 Hybrid

Keith Burrows, Retired Senior Physics Teacher and AuthorEducation for a planet on fire – how do we help our students face up to the climate emergency?

D6 Hybrid

Andrew Hansen, Chief AsessorReview of the 2023 VCE Physics exam

D7 Hybrid

Claire Rollinson, The MacRobertson Girls’ High SchoolGathering assessment data to inform teaching and provide feedback to students

D8 Hybrid

Julie Mulholland, ANSTONuclear medicine insights: the effects and uses of ionising radiation

D9 In person only

Dr Man Lam and Duncan Hillier, Mount Alexander Secondary CollegeElectrifying Education: Harnessing Innovative Demonstrations to Illuminate Electricity and Magnetism

D10 Hybrid

Paul Butler, Lauriston Girls SchoolRadio astronomy in schools

D11 In person only

Amanda Lovett, Modern Teaching AidsExploring Data Logging in Middle Years Science (Commercial)

D12 In person only

Genevieve Lazzari, Swinburne UniversityAdvanced Technology Laboratory Tour

3.10pm

Closing Keynote

Dr Liam HallHow we can educate for the quantum technology revolution, and what I wish I’d known.

4.00pm

Meet our speakers

Kyla Adams

University of Western Australia

Loukia Andrews

Montmorency Secondary College

Doug Bail

Ciderhouse

Emma Barnett

VSSEC

Catherine Bellair
Stuart Bird

Castlemaine Secondary College

Jackie Bondell

Swinburne University of Technology

Paul Butler

Lauriston Girls School

Dino Cevolatti

Castlemaine Secondary College

Joe Cossette

Minnetonka High School - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA

Caroline Cotton

BioBrain

Dr Merryn Dawborn-Gundlach

University of Melbourne

Matt Dodds

Carey Baptist Grammar School

Prof Alan Duffy

Swinburne University of Technology

Corey Evans

Swinburne University of Technology

Stuart Fankhauser

Nossal High School

Dr Michael Fitzgerald

Las Cumbres Observatory

Jill Forward

Aitken College

Rachael Gore

Albert Park College

A/Prof Brenton Hall

Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Swinburne University of Technology

Dr Liam Hall

Principal Research Scientist and Science Leader in Quantum Biotechnology at CSIRO

Andrew Hansen

Chief Assessor, VCE Physics

Kristina Hicks

iFly Australia

Duncan Hillier

Mount Alexander Secondary College

Colin Hopkins, OAM

Retired Senior Physics Teacher and Author

Dr Adele Hudson

Aitken College

Theo Hughes

Cornish College

Deepa Jain

Kew High School

Maria James

Science Curriculum Manager, VCAA

Sandor Kazi

Melbourne Girls' College

Shanti Krishnan

Swinburne University of Technology

Adrian Lam

Haileybury College

Dr Man Lam

Mount Alexander Secondary College

Genevieve Lazzari

Swinburne University of Technology

Spiro Liacos

Cheltenham Secondary College

Amanda Lovett

Modern Teaching Aids

Sandra Marwick

Swinburne University of Technology

Dr Barbara McKinnon

Vicphysics Teachers' Network Inc

Julie Mulholland

ANSTO

Jodie O'Connor

Carey Baptist Grammar School

Elizabeth Piacquadio

Loreto Mandeville Hall Toorak

Claire Rollinson

The MacRobertson Girls' High School

Halid Takimoglu

De la Salle College, Malvern

Yuriy Verkhatsky

Bialik College

Dr Sara Webb

Swinburne University of Technology

Campbell Wilson

Montmorency Secondary College

David Wood

University of Western Australia

Andrew Yen

Luther College, Eltham College

Rick Zhang

Tilt Renewables Pty Ltd

Event Partner

Gold Sponsor

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Silver Sponsor

Cider House Tech logo

Bronze Sponsors

Frequently Asked Questions

There are several options for car parking both short term and all day, including a multi-storey car park, which is generally not full before 9:00 adjacent to the campus. In addition, the venues are conveniently located close to Glenferrie Station and trams.

A session list as "in person" will not be recorded. If the session is listed as "hybrid" then it will be recorded and the recording made available for viewing after the conference.

Please view our exhibitor and sponsor information here and fill in this form to register your interest and/or email Exhibitor Coordinator vincent.conserva@gmail.com

Please view our exhibitor and sponsor information here and fill in this form to register your interest and/or email Sponsor Coordinator vincent.conserva@gmail.com

Our conference team would be delighted to hear from you. Please email projects@vicphysics.org and we will be in touch with you to discuss possiblities.