Teacher Workshops

The UBC Physics and Astronomy Outreach Program offers professional development workshops 1-2 times a year. These workshops are designed for both physics teachers and for teachers of all sciences.

2017 Workshop: Introducing circuits by playing and making

dsc_0005_1000xWe will be running a teacher Pro-D workshop on Friday, May 5th, 2017 with a focus on introducing circuits to students by playing and making. This workshop will cover topics of circuits, voltage, current, and resistance that are part of the BC Grade 9 Science Curriculum, but all teachers who are interested in learning basic electronics are welcome, as some activities would be of interest and appropriate for Grade 4-7 students.

The cost of the workshop is $60.00, which will cover the cost of a take-home kit for the teacher, supplies for hands-on activities, coffee, and lunch. Teachers who complete this Pro-D will also be eligible to borrow the “Lend an Experiment” (LEx) kits we put together to use with their own classes.

Schedule

9:00 – 9:15
9:15 – 10:30
10:30 – 10:45
10:45 – 12:00
12:00 – 13:00
13:00 – 14:30
14:30 – 15:00
Registration
Introduction to circuits and electrical components. Working/playing with circuit kits.
Break
Measuring voltage, current, and resistance using a multimeter.
Lunch
Hands-on project: tricolour flash light. Overview of other electricity and circuit-related activities.
Q & A and discussion

About the “Lend an Experiment” (LEx) kits:

The lack of funding to purchase supplies for hands-on activities is a significant barrier for teachers to teach physics and climate change in their classrooms. A new program we are starting this year is “Lend an Experiment”– 25 hands-on kits will be assembled and put into boxes for local teachers to borrow. Teachers attending this Pro-D event will be eligible to borrow LEx boxes for us in their classrooms; those from Vancouver Downtown Eastside will receive priority in borrowing the LEx kits.

We would like to thank Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions and other donors for their generous support for the development of LEx kits and relevant educational materials.

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PAST WORKSHOPS

2015 Workshop “Bring Renewable Energy and Electronics into Your Class”

We will be running a teacher Pro-D workshop on October 23rd, 2015 with a focus on teaching renewable energy and electronics in the classroom. This workshop will be aimed toward high school science and physics teachers, but elementary school teachers with an interest in teaching physical science are welcome as well.

The cost of the workshop is $60.00, which will cover the cost of a take-home kit for the teacher, coffee, and lunch. Teachers who complete this Pro-D will also be eligible to borrow the new “Lend an Experiment” (LEx) kits we put together to use with their own classes.

To register, please email us at outreach@phas.ubc.ca. Spots are limited to the first 20 people to sign up.

Schedule:

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9:00 – 9:15  Registration

9:15 – 10:30  Teaching Energy and Climate in Schools (Presentation slides)

10:30 – 10:45  Break

10:45 – 12:00  Simple Electronics for Energy Measurements (Presentation slides with additional notes)

12:00 – 13:00  Lunch

13:00 – 14:30  Hands-on School Projects in Energy and Climate (Presentation slides)

14:30 – 15:00  Q & A (Overall summary and list of resources)

2015 CUEBC Conference “Introduction to the Arduino Board”

This workshop was presented by Bernhard Zender (Engineering Technician, UBC Engineering Physics Program) for the CUEBC Conference 2015. You can find the presentation slides here.

2013 Workshop “Electronics in Your Class – Arduino Boards and Sensors for Creative Projects”

For Physics 11/12, Science 10, Tech Education, Art Teachers, & anyone else interested in bringing electronics into the classroom. Download the workshop information sheet HERE.

9am – 3pm, May 10, 2013 at the University of British Columbia
$20 for registration and lunch;
$70 for registration, lunch, plus an arduino kit and a selection of sensors, motors, and electronics parts to take home after the session.
Please note that for registrations after May 3, we cannot guarantee availability of the take home kit, though you may still attend the session for $20
All fees already include taxes.

This workshop will give you hands-on time to explore the use of programmable electronics using the Arduino Microcontroller Kit, a low-cost electronics board which has been the basis for countless projects documented online. There will also be an introduction to a variety of sensors, motors, and other devices which will allow for the design and fabrication of useful projects by your own students.

2010 Workshop – Teaching Physics Using 21st Century Methods: Social Media, Digital Technology and the World Wide Web

Download the workshop information sheet HERE

Download workshop presentations below:

Presentation on Solid State Lighting and Efficiencies

Building A Tri-colour Light

Presentation on Using Social Media to Interact With Students

2009 Workshop – Physics Teaching for the 21st Century

Making physics relevant to global issues: Renewable Energy, Climate Change

Download the workshop information sheet HERE

Visit the “Physics Teaching for the 21st Century” website

2008 Workshop – Hovercraft and LED flashlight

Download the workshop information sheet HERE

Download workshop presentations below:

Wind Power

Building A Tri-colour Light

Hover Craft Instructions