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February 2018

2018 Physics Teachers’ Conference

February 16, 2018
$180 – $322

The registration form, the program and online registrations are available here  . The program includes: An opening address by the Chief Assessor, Andrew Hansen, on this year's VCE exam, A VCAA update by Maria James, Science Manager, A keynote address by Dr Eric Thane from Monash University on the Discovery of Gravitational Waves, Three sessions of workshops with over 16 workshops in each, Excursion tasters on Saturday *, and A Medical Physics In-Service * on Saturday morning The registration fee…

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Excursion Taster: Australian Synchrotron

February 17, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Free

Participants will have a guided tour of the facility as well as an opportunity to see the range of practical activities that are available for secondary students to do as part of an excursion. Duration: One hour Venue: Australian Synchrotron, Blackburn Rd, Clayton. To register: Email Vicphysics with your name, school, mobile phone number and the name of the event.  A reminder text message will be sent in the evening of the Friday before.

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Excursion Taster: Australian Synchrotron

February 17, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Participants will have a guided tour of the facility as well as an opportunity to see the range of practical activities that are available for secondary students to do as part of an excursion. Duration: One hour Venue: Australian Synchrotron, Blackburn Rd, Clayton. Cost: Nil To register: Email Vicphysics with your name, school, mobile phone number and the name of the event.  A reminder text message will be sent in the evening of the Friday before.

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Medical Physics In-Service

February 17, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, 305 Grattan Street
Melbourne, VIC Australia
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The program will feature a one-hour talk on: •      the physics aspects of the effect of radiation on the human body and of the medical technology at Peter Mac, •      how the technology is used in diagnosis and treatment, as well as •      information on the training and career paths associated with medical physics. The second hour will be an extensive tour of the facilities at Peter Mac. Venue: Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, 305 Grattan St, Melbourne VIC Cost: Nil…

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Medical Physics In-Service

February 17, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Free

The program will feature a one-hour talk on: •      the physics aspects of the effect of radiation on the human body and of the medical technology at Peter Mac, •      how the technology is used in diagnosis and treatment, as well as •      information on the training and career paths associated with medical physics. The second hour will be an extensive tour of the facilities at Peter Mac. Venue: Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, 305 Grattan St, Melbourne…

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Excursion Taster: Victorian Space Science Education Centre

February 17, 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

The tour explains the various student programs that VSSEC offers.  Their programs provide a sensory rich, hands-on, scenario-based science experience for students from primary to senior secondary.  There are also programs on Astronomy (co-ordinate systems, solar system and telescopes) and Astrophysics (models of the nature and origin of the Universe, and the life cycle of stars) Duration: 90 min Cost: Nil To register: Email Vicphysics with your name, school, mobile phone number and the name of the event.  A reminder…

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Excursion Taster: Victorian Space Science Education Centre

February 17, 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

The tour explains the various student programs that VSSEC offers.  Their programs provide a sensory rich, hands-on, scenario-based science experience for students from primary to senior secondary.  There are also programs on Astronomy (co-ordinate systems, solar system and telescopes) and Astrophysics (models of the nature and origin of the Universe, and the life cycle of stars) Duration: 90 min Cost: Nil To register: Email Vicphysics with your name, school, mobile phone number and the name of the event.  A reminder…

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March 2018

Chief Assessor’s Report

March 1, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$20 – $50

Chief Assessor's Report Full exam coverage and Live Streaming The conference address by the Chief Assessor, Andrew Hansen will provide a 50 min review of how students performed on the 2017 VCE Physics Exam. Vicphysics and Andrew would like to provide teachers with the opportunity to hear about the full exam with an extended opportunity to ask questions and a chance to speak with Andrew. The presentation by Andrew will be broken down for a question by question coverage of…

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Exploring STEM Education: Make it so

March 1, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

The Engaging STEM Education seminar series in 2018 explores how STEM education can develop literacies and capabilities in learners.  The first in a series of four seminars begins with a panel of educators exploring the influence, history and digital technology connections and how this might provide opportunities to develop STEM literacies and capabilities in learners.   Attendees will be able to engage with a ‘pop-up' maker space in the new Learning and Teaching building. For more information and to register, click…

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Physics Days at Luna Park

March 6, 2018 - March 9, 2018
Luna Park Saint Kilda, VIC Australia + Google Map
$25.50

e Physics Days at Luna Park will be on Tuesday, 6th March to Friday, 9th March.  Bookings are open here .  The cost is $25.50 per student. Teachers enter for free.  Worksheets are available here. There has been no confirmation yet of an aerobatic display by a member of the RAAF Roulettes. Data loggers can be booked for a half day on a basis of one per school.  There is no cost.  Please email vicphys@vicphysics.org with subject: Dataloggers, with your…

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Girls in Physics Breakfast

$15

This year there will be six Girls in Physics Breakfasts, three in different parts of Melbourne and three in regional Victoria in Ballarat, Bendigo and Geelong. The breakfasts are for students in Years 10 to 12.  At each breakfast the students will share a table with two or three young women in the early stages of a career in science or engineering.  The students have a chance to ask questions about their careers and what study at university is like.…

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Physics Lectures for VCE Students: Thermodynamics

March 15, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
University of Melbourne Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia + Google Map
Free

The now well-established series of “Physics Lectures for VCE Students” are again offered in 2018. The lectures will be held every three weeks in the Laby Theatre, School of Physics, Melbourne University starting at 6 pm. Their focus will be on the requirements of the Study design, but will also give students a view of the excitement of Physics as a whole. The first lecture in the series is on Thursday, 22nd Feb in the Laby Theatre at Melbourne Physics. …

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Cosmic Mirages: Seeing Dark Matter with Gravitational Lenses

March 16, 2018 @ 6:30 pm
Swinburne University Melbourne, VIC Australia + Google Map

Lecturer: Prof. Mike Hudson, University of Waterloo, Canada Bio: Mike Hudson received his Ph.D. from the Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge in 1993 where he worked on the expansion of the Universe.  He did post-doctoral research work at Durham University and at the University of Victoria (the other Victoria, in Canada), where he was a National Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics.  In 1999, he moved to the University of Waterloo, also in Canada, where he is…

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Monash Physics Public Lecture Series

March 27, 2018 @ 6:30 pm

The School of Physics and Astronomy is introducing a monthly public lecture series on the last Tuesday of every month. A practical activity will precede the lecture, beginning at 6.30pm, with the lecture starting at 7pm. These sessions are appropriate for teachers or VCE students. All sessions are held at the Clayton Campus: Getting to Monash Clayton Campus | Clayton Campus Map Note: Parking is available free after 5pm in N1. If you have questions about the talks, please contact: Dr Dianne Ruka Contact Details Talks for 2018 Professor Kris Helmerson Particles vs Waves Tuesday, 27 March - 6.30 pm Lecture Theatre S2,…

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Girls in Physics Breakfast

March 28, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 10:30 pm
$15

This year there will be six Girls in Physics Breakfasts, three in different parts of Melbourne and three in regional Victoria in Ballarat, Bendigo and Geelong. The breakfasts are for students in Years 10 to 12.  At each breakfast the students will share a table with two or three young women in the early stages of a career in science or engineering.  The students have a chance to ask questions about their careers and what study at university is like.…

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April 2018

The History and Future of Climate Change in Australia

April 5, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free

Join award-winning climate scientist and writer Joëlle Gergis as she shares her fascinating journey through Australia to unearth our climate history. Joëlle's new book, Sunburnt Country (MUP, 2018), pieces together Australia’s climate history for the first time. It uncovers a continent long vulnerable to climate extremes and variability, gives an unparalleled perspective on how human activities have altered patterns that have been with us for millions of years, and what climate change looks like in our own backyard. Sunburnt Country…

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Beginning Physics Teachers In-Service

April 13, 2018
Kew High School Melbourne, VIC Australia + Google Map
Free

Vicphysics will be running a full day in-service on Tuesday, 4th April at Kew High School.  The event is free, lunch is provided and travel support is available for country participants. The event is for: Teachers beginning their teaching career, Teachers returning to physics teaching and Teachers who have been asked by their school to take a VCE Physics class The program will include: Information on course planning, resources, advice of teaching specific topics and suggestions from some of last…

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Beginning Physics Teachers In-Service

April 13, 2018
Kew High School Melbourne, VIC Australia + Google Map
Free

The event is free, lunch is provided and travel support is available for country participants. The event is for: Teachers beginning their teaching career, Teachers returning to physics teaching and Teachers who have been asked by their school to take a VCE Physics class The program will include: Information on course planning, resources, advice of teaching specific topics and suggestions from some of last year's participants after teaching physics for the first time in 2017, Andrew Hansen, Chief Assessor for…

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Girls in Physics Breakfasts

$15

This year there will be six Girls in Physics Breakfasts, three in different parts of Melbourne and three in regional Victoria in Ballarat, Bendigo and Geelong. The breakfasts are for students in Years 10 to 12.  At each breakfast the students will share a table with two or three young women in the early stages of a career in science or engineering.  The students have a chance to ask questions about their careers and what study at university is like.…

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Girls in Physics Breakfasts

$15

This year there will be six Girls in Physics Breakfasts, three in different parts of Melbourne and three in regional Victoria in Ballarat, Bendigo and Geelong. The breakfasts are for students in Years 10 to 12.  At each breakfast the students will share a table with two or three young women in the early stages of a career in science or engineering.  The students have a chance to ask questions about their careers and what study at university is like.…

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May 2018

Girls in Physics Breakfasts

$15

This year there will be six Girls in Physics Breakfasts, three in different parts of Melbourne and three in regional Victoria in Ballarat, Bendigo and Geelong. The breakfasts are for students in Years 10 to 12.  At each breakfast the students will share a table with two or three young women in the early stages of a career in science or engineering.  The students have a chance to ask questions about their careers and what study at university is like.…

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August 2018

Live stream of WIP Talk

August 21, 2018 @ 8:20 am - 9:30 am
New Horizons Building, Monash University, Clayton campus, 20 Research Way
Monash University, VIC 3800 Australia
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Free

As part of the Girls in Physics Breakfast, the talk by Dr Ceri Brenner will be live streamed. Her topic is 'Pressing FIRE on the most powerful laser in the world'. Video links to the talk and more details are at https://www.vicphysics.org/girls.html . Questions for the speaker can be sent to events@vicphysics.org

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