OAPT-OTF Physics Camp

balls 123rfOAPT-OTF Physics Camp (AKA Summer Institute) is back!!!

Teaching Inquiry through Science and Physics! 

July 6 – 8, 2016                     

London, Ontario

Presented by James Ball, Saara Naudts, Roberta Tevlin


This camp is designed to support physics from grade 9 to 12. It will be three days packed full of physics, pedagogy and professional friendship. You will leave with resources and skills for many new hands-on activities to engage your students.

The OTF will pay for your overnight accommodation, meals and travel expenses. Your only cost is a $50 registration fee, and this is refunded once you complete the course. Registration is only open until June 24 and we usually fill up well before the deadline, so register ASAP. https://event-wizard.com/OTFSummerInstitutes2016/0/register/

The camp is like a conference, but slowed down so you can savour the flavours.  You will be hanging out with two dozen teachers, attending the same workshops and taking the same breaks. You will get a chance to have some extended discussions and make new friends.

Some of the topics that will be covered are; Role Playing, Videos and Context-Rich Problem-Solving, Using Digital Media, Black Holes, Modelling Light and Generating Electrical Solutions.

If you need accommodation, we recommend that you request the previous night accommodation as well as the standard two nights. The first morning starts at 8:30 and you don’t want to miss anything.  Most of these institutes run from 8:00 to 3:30. However, because most of our participants are coming from far away, our sessions will run until 5:15 for the first two days so that on the third day we can finish after lunch and you can use the afternoon to travel back home.

James, Roberta and Saara look forward to seeing you there. In case, you are still not convinced, here are some testimonials from previous summer camps;

“WOW!! The OTF physics summer camp was a whirlwind of an experience that not only left my head spinning with new ideas and concepts but also a renewed sense of purpose and excitement, something I hadn’t felt since my early days of teaching.”                        Scott Young


“The OTF Physics Summer camp was the best Professional Development that I have been to in my 14 years of teaching.  I attended at a time when I was doubting my role as an educator and my future in education.  The camp and the presenters rejuvenated my love of teaching Physics.  Their enthusiasm was infectious and each workshop was challenging and useful. There has been no other training, workshop, seminar, conference or course that I have taken that even comes close to this experience.”                          Serena Macfie

“Physics camp was fun, engaging, had tons of usable resources to take back to the classroom and was a great learning environment…exactly what we want for our students, what a great way to learn!”                        Kirsten Babb

How Long Will You Live?


Cell biology gives clues to why we age and lobsters don’t.
I made another video! The future of energy: http://bit.ly/1MAiJKm
Check out Breakthrough, Sundays at 9/8c on Nat Geo with GE #ad

Animations are from Emmy-winning film ‘Immortal’, reproduced here courtesy of December Media and Genepool Productions (previously Pemberton Films)

Check out Immortal here: http://bit.ly/VeImmortal

Find out more about telomeres and telomerase here: http://bit.ly/WakeTelomeres

Special thanks to Dr. Fiona Ginty, Principal Scientist in the Life Sciences and Molecular Diagnostics Group at GE. Her research focuses on imaging different proteins within the cell. It’s both a very powerful technique and it’s beautiful.

Filmed by Raquel Nuno and Vasilios Sfinarolakis
Aging makeup by Heather Grippaldi: http://bit.ly/1Xebikh
Music by Kevin MacLeod, http://www.incompetech.com “Past the Edge” and “Lightless Dawn”

Is This Really Science?

origami purchased from 123rfWritten by Joyce Posada, a 2015 Galbraith winner from the University of Toronto.

This question that my Associate Teacher asked me when I showed this lesson plan to her stood out in my mind.  I remember pointing out the expectation in the Ministry’s curriculum document. However, this incident reminded me that teachers are no longer here to drill concepts in our students’ heads, concepts that they might never use in the future. As shown by this lesson, teachers are preparing the students to have an understanding of scientific concepts and processes so that the students are able to make personal decisions in their everyday lives.  Teaching this lesson increases scientific literacy, thus helping the students analyze and understand support systems provided by companies in order to create a safe and effective product.

Click here to download the complete lesson….

Click here to download the Materials list…..

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