STANSW Physics Conference  
Theme :  Modern Sci-Tech - Physical World Science
Online : Across one week of after school PL (4:00 - 6:00 pm)
Monday 26 Oct - Friday 30 Oct 

In partnership with University of Technology Sydney 

K-6 Primary program:  Physical World integrating Digital Technologies 

The new primary curriculum offers opportunities to learn physics in the context of digital systems and technologies. Join us to explore how the key physics ideas of energy and force develop across the stages and how we can use programmable robots, such as micro-bits to teach them. 

Program Highlights

Monday 26 October 2020

Open Plenary brought to you by University of Technology Sydney
Professor Anthony Dooley, Head of School, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences


Chris Ferrie
Presenting : Making stories out of science: or, how to use Quantum Physics in every classroom 

With even Nobel Prize winners the likes of Albert Einstein complaining about the difficultly in understanding quantum physics, it certainly seems like an odd choice of topic for a children's book. But Quantum Physics for Babies is not only a real book, it's a hit! How did this book come to be and why does it work so well? Along with the trivia of who, what, where, and when it all came together, I will tell you about the why and how—my approach to talking about big ideas in maths and science to children and why it's not much different than my approach to teaching it to teenagers, or even adults.

Dr Chris Ferrie is Associate Professor at the University of Technology Sydney, School of Computer Science  AND  Children's Author of over 40 books about science, including titles such as Quantum Physics for Babies and There Was A Black Hole That Swallowed The Universe.

Workshop highlights across the week 

Monday 26 - Friday 30 October 2020

Martin Levins
Presenting: Using MakeyMakey to create interactive posters (K-6) 

Poster sessions are traditional in Science to demonstrate a concept or development. In primary education, we can use them to demonstrate an understanding. Using devices such as MakeyMakey, students can build touch-enabled posters that create interactions using speech, text, and/or animations to show their understanding.
This presentation shows you how, what pitfalls exist and how to avoid them.

Martin Levins is Curriculum Officer, Digital Technologies in focus at the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA)

Fiona Foley & Helen Georgiou
Presenting:  MANSW and STANSW integrated Science & Maths lesson ideas

Maths and Physics: integration across KLAS in a Stage 3 investigation on Forces.  Integration across a range of KLAs in Primary teaching is both possible and natural. It has the benefits of teaching concepts in authentic concepts, and potentially saving time and avoiding unnecessary repetition. In this workshop, we will demonstrate a practical investigation based on the Stage 3 Physical World outcome related to forces that integrates the Mathematics outcomes related to Data.

Dr Helen Georgiou is lecturer science education at the University of Wollongong
Fiona Foley is the primary consultant at the Mathematics Teachers Association of NSW (MANSW) 

Science Space Team
Presenting: Liquid nitrogen demos, sound show experiments, K’nex vehicles, vertical wind tunnel and more!

The Science Space team demo what equipment they use and provide examples on how teachers can replicate similar experiments in their classroom e.g. DIY ramp, shake table, wind tunnel, substitute K’nex for LEGO

Science Space in Wollongong is the only dedicated science experience in NSW and is a place where anyone, young and old, can come and see how science and technology discoveries have become reality. It is a place to be inspired about what the future holds and empowered to help change it for the better.


Registration Now Open  


Completing the STANSW Physics Conference Online will contribute to 1.5 - 2 hours/ per session of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 6.2.2, 6.4.2 & 7.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW. STANSW Inc is endorsed to provide the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered Professional Development for teachers accredited at Proficient Teacher.