Science Teachers' Workshops
A Big Year
The 15th Science Teachers Workshop 2012.
November 5 and 6
The workshop will be focusing on the extremely busy 12-18 months that Physics has had. With things like a Nobel Prizes in Astrophysics and Quantum Optics, Quantum simulator, transit of Venus, Curiosity on Mars, the Higgs boson, new classification of Black holes, Photonics chip, The Square Kilometer Array, extra solar planets. We have really had a smashing year.
The workshop will cover modules in the syllabus, discussions of National Curriculum, careers information and some fantastic speakers, who are all pumped up about the big year.
To register for the workshops, click here
Science Teachers Workshop 2012 resources
- Proceedings - Proceedings and workshop information can be found in this link.
- Presenter Profiles - Presenter Profiles of all the presenters can be found here.
- Session Descriptions - A description of each of the sessions and attached notes is here.
- Map - Map of the University including Physics Building location is here.
In 2012 the Science Teachers Workshop is again a Faculty-wide accredited program, with workshops offered in Physics as well as Agriculture, Biology and Chemistry.
For more information on upcoming workshops, please contact the Faculty of Science, through their Science Alliance pages:
Past Physics Science Teachers' Workshops
Since 1984 the Science Foundation for Physics and the School of Physics have hosted a two-day in-service training workshop for physics teachers in NSW and the ACT. Held every two years at the University of Sydney, up to 140 science teachers enjoy a packed program of inspiring talks and lectures and a choice of hands-on workshops covering a wide aspect of teaching practices, ideas for class activities and discussion groups.
In recent years the STW's have focussed on the new physics syllabus in NSW, with sessions allowing teachers and physicists to discuss and debate the more challenging aspects of the new syllabus document. The workshops allow teachers to encounter cutting-edge physics research, to hone their skills through sessions concentrating on practical demonstrations of physics concepts, and to share resources and strategies for the physics classroom.
In 2010 the Science Teachers Workshop was a Faculty-wide program, held in November, with workshops also being offered in Agriculture, Biology and Chemistry. The two-day Physics program included plenary lectures featuring cutting edge research followed by a choice of workshops (two each day) from up to 12 workshop options. On the first afternoon a "Meet-a-Physicist" session was held, followed by an informal dinner. In 2010 the Physics STW was accredited by the NSW Teachers Institute for 14 professional learning hours.
STW2010: The 14th Science Teachers' Workshop
Proceedings and videos of STW2010.
STW08: The 13th Science Teachers' Workshop: New Horizons
Proceedings of STW08
STW06: The 12th Science Teachers' Workshop: Reignite Your Excitement for Physics
Proceedings of STW06
STW04: The 11th Science Teachers' Workshop The New Physics HSC: Further Up the Learning Curve.
STW02 and STW 00: The 10th and 9th Science Teachers' Workshop proceeding are also available.
It was without doubt the most valuable professional development activity I have been involved with for several years. Physics teacher, STW 2004