This survey is to help assess the key areas of need for resources to assist Physics teachers in Victoria (and more broadly across Australia) - the best target age groups and physics topics. It has been developed in collaboration with the VicPhysics Teachers' Network and the results from this feedback will be used to refine the development of a Demonstration Library for Physics, which loans equipment out to teachers for short term use in classrooms. Possible demonstration equipment could include photoelectric effect apparatus, Geiger counters, Kundt's or Rubens' tubes, Ruhmkoff Coils and laser-based fluid flow visualisation techniques.
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To offer some context to the concept, this Library would be accessible online for bookings and with details for each demonstration on background theory, how the equipment integrates with syllabus content and suggestions for its use in the classroom. The selection of equipment is intended to offer an exciting range of demonstrations beyond the "standard" school demos, which can help reinforce many of the more conceptually challenging physics concepts.
Demonstrations would be graded on the complexity of their use in the classroom and some of the more involved demonstrations would require the teacher to attend a brief training session before the demonstration can be loaned, possibly as part of the Physics Teachers' Conference or the VicPhysics Practical Activities Workshops.
A small loan fee would be charged per item to cover transport and maintenance, and this equipment would be delivered and picked up from the school as part of the service.