Teachers Tackle Physics Boot Camp at Perimeter Institute

On July 6, more than 40 physics teachers from around the world will converge on Perimeter Institute for EinsteinPlus, a one-week intensive workshop on quantum mechanics, special relativity, cosmology, and other cutting-edge fields of physics.

July 6, 2016 (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada) – They are coming from around the world – from Myanmar and Germany, the United States and the United Kingdom, Scotland and Iceland, and all across Canada – to hone their skills at teaching complex physics.

More than 40 secondary-level teachers will converge on Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (PI) July 6-13 for EinsteinPlus, an intensive week-long workshop that connects modern physics concepts to the classroom.

Over the course of the week, participants will learn about the latest developments in physics from expert researchers at the forefront of their fields, including Avery Broderick and Stephen Green. The goal is to pass along the best teaching practices and pedagogy for teaching modern physics concepts. Participants will also learn about PI’s in-class resources for tackling tricky physics concepts, develop strategies for anticipating and answering the toughest student questions, and visit the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo.

“As a former physics teacher myself, I know how tough it can be to explain cutting-edge concepts like black holes, dark matter, and particle physics,” says Greg Dick, Director of Educational Outreach at PI. “That’s why we created EinsteinPlus – to turn the scientific expertise at Perimeter Institute into accessible concepts and activities that excellent teachers can use to spark excitement about modern physics among their students.”

More information on the EinsteinPlus program, including important dates, eligibility requirements, and a full list of 2016 participants, can be found at http://www.perimeterinstitute.ca/einsteinplus.

About Perimeter Institute

Perimeter Institute is the world’s largest research hub devoted to theoretical physics. The independent Institute was founded in 1999 to foster breakthroughs in the fundamental understanding of our universe, from the smallest particles to the entire cosmos. Research at Perimeter is motivated by the understanding that fundamental science advances human knowledge and catalyzes innovation, and that today’s theoretical physics is tomorrow’s technology. Located in the Region of Waterloo, the not-for-profit Institute is a unique public-private endeavour, including the Governments of Ontario and Canada, that enables cutting-edge research, trains the next generation of scientific pioneers, and shares the power of physics through award-winning educational outreach and public engagement. 


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