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Ontario Association of Physics Teachers (OAPT) Conference

Thursday, May 10, 2018
5:00 pm - 8:40 pm
Physics & Astronomy Building (PAB)
Room: 100 and Atrium
$varies from $50-$200
Western’s Department of Physics & Astronomy, in conjunction with the Faculty of Science, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Engineering, and the Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration (CPSX), are hosting the Ontario Association of Physics Teachers (OAPT) conference in London, Ontario.

Starts Thursday evening, 10 May and runs through until Saturday afternoon, 12 May.

The theme this year is Physics at the Boundaries, where we will explore the role that Physics plays when applied to other disciplines. We are excited to be involving people from across multiple faculties — Science, Education, Engineering, Humanities (incl. the Rotman Institute of Philosophy), Social Science, and the Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration (CPSX). Our keynote talk is by Western alumna Paula Heron from the Physics Education Group at University of Washington, speaking on “Phys21: Preparing Physics Students for 21st Century Careers”. There will be over 30 workshops to choose from to support physics education from grade 9 to 12 and post-secondary. It is a great opportunity to share ideas and concerns, make friends and professional connections. 

Featured presentations:

  • Phys21: Preparing Physics Students for 21st Century Careers by Paula Heron (Physics Education Group, University of Washington) 
  • How Can Philosophy Help in Teaching Mechanics? (Marie Gueguen, Doreen Fraser)
  • Indigenous Science and Ways of Knowing (Robert Cockcroft, Isha DeCoito, David Kanatawakhon-Maracle)
  • Maker Space Activities: Coding, Computational Thinking, and Maker Space Tools and Activities in Schools (Immaculate K. Namukasa, Derek Tangredi, Shawn Macintosh, Asha Banks, and the Computational Thinking Team at Western)
  • Bringing the Maker Movement into Your Classroom (Joanne Moniz, Amber Crooby from Western Engineering Outreach)

For more information about the conference, fees, and schedule of events, please visit:

The conference fees are very low, with special rates for new, retired, and elementary teachers. Accommodation is subsidized at just $30/night incl hot breakfast. There are a limited number of subsidies for travel and first-time attendees to offset the cost of a supply teacher. 

Western Physics & Astronomy Department, CPSX, and the Faculties of Science, Education, and Engineering
Prof. Tamie Poepping - Conference Organizer
519-661-2111 ext. 86431

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