The AIP QLD branch would like to congratulate Shane McDonald, from St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School who was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Prize for 2020 . Shane was awarded the 2020 prize, due to the range and depth of work he has displayed across all the criteria the award is assessed upon. This criteria includes:
promoting student interest in physics by providing an environment that stimulates student curiosity and learning,
using, developing or writing innovative instructional materials and new technologies and approaches to the teaching of Physics,
be a positive role model or mentor for other teachers of physics
participate in professional development activities in science as a facilitator and continued development as an effective science educator, with a focus on physics.
Do you know a deserving Physics teacher in Queensland you would like to nominate for this award in 2021?
In other news, the 2019 winner Richard Walding was acknowledged for receipt of his Excellence in Physics Teaching Award in a ceremony earlier in 2020. Moreton Bay College has kindly shared this ceremony and the presentation of the award. The ceremony can be viewed at the AIP YouTube channel or below.
The AIP-QLD is looking for nominations of Physics teachers that have made a positive impact to teaching Physics to students at the high school level by anyone of the following criteria.
Promote student interest in physics by providing an environment that stimulates student curiosity and learning.
Use, develop or write innovative instructional materials and new technologies and approaches to the teaching of physics.
Be a positive role model or mentor for other teachers of physics.
Participate in professional development activities in science as a facilitator and continuous development as an effective science educator, with a focus on physics.
If you have a colleague, a former teacher of your own, or have heard of an inspiring teacher in your circle of friends, please consider nominating them for this years award by filling out the nomination form and sending this nomination (or any inquiries) by email to: email@example.com
The award consists of a cash prize, plaque and certificate.
We received several outstanding nominations last year and are very pleased to announce Richard Walding as the prize winner for our 2019 Excellence in Physics Teaching Award.
The award recognises outstanding efforts by Queensland physics teachers in stimulating student engagement with physics, developing innovative teaching resources or techniques as an effective educator, and/or mentoring and facilitating the development of other physics educators.
Richard’s contributions have been particularly noteworthy including the development of the Oxford Senior Physics texts and extensive online resources for students and teachers. He helped create the Physics Discussion List and continues to have an active role, offering advice to fellow educators. In addition, he has contributed to state-level curriculum development and oversight and has been very active in delivering physics education seminars for teachers both locally and overseas.
So we sincerely congratulate Richard and thank him for his contributions to physics education!
We will be calling for nominations for the 2020 Excellence in Physics Teaching award in coming months.
Date And Time Thu, July 18, 2019 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM
The SA Branch of the Australian Institute of Physics will be holding its mid-year dinner and awards night in Kipling’s Restaurant at the Bombay Bicycle Club on Thursday 18th July. Come along for an informal evening with your fellow physicist including students, academics and researchers. Drinks will be from 6.30 pm with the dinner commencing at 7.00 pm.
We will be presenting the Silver Bragg Awards to the top final year students who have completed a Bachelor of Science degree in 2018 with a major in Physics from the University of Adelaide and Flinders University. The 2019 SA Physics Teacher of the Year award will also be acknowledged.
Location Bombay Bicycle Club 29 Torrens RoadOvingham, SA 5082