Dan MacIsaac, Column Editor, Physics Department websights SUNY-Buffalo State College, Buffalo, NY 14222; firstname.lastname@example.org WebSights features announcements and reviews of select sites of interest to physics teachers. All sites are copyrighted by their authors. This column is available as a web page at PhysicsEd. BuffaloState.Edu/pubs/WebSights/. If you have successfully used a physics website that you feel is outstanding and appropriate for WebSights, please email me the URL and describe how you use it to teach or learn physics—email@example.com. • Some German physics outreach sites: Physics His site includes many interesting and unknown (to me) in Advent, Physics for Refugees, and Physics for demonstration videos, and I was particularly struck by the Street Children conductivity demonstration video above. It is also interesting www.physik-im-advent.de/about to see the ubiquity of high voltage (current limited) power www.dpg-physik.de/pff/index.html supplies used to demonstrate static electric phenomena in www.epsnews.eu/2016/12/physics-for-all-a-project-to-carry- German universities and high schools. physics-into-refugee-sites/ Together with doctoral student Herr Stefan Hoffmann of physik-patio13.de/en/physik-fuer-strassenkinder/ physics didactics at Universität zu Köln (Cologne), Herr Wichtrup runs an annual competition called “Multimedia I am taking sabbatical in Cologne, Germany, and had the Science Slam” for student-created STEM (and physics) learn- opportunity to experience several of the German Physical ing videos. Videos are mainly produced by future teachers at- Society’s (Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft or DPG) out- tending both universities. DOI: 10.1119/1.5025308 reach efforts. Physics in Advent (Physik im Advent or PiA) is a 24-day long collection of daily simple home physics and • More opportunities, courses, and materials for mathematical physics activities, puzzles, and experiments for high school students and teachers from the the public. These Christmas-themed activities are presented Perimeter Institute via short videos in English, and there are five years’ worth https://tinyurl.com/WS-PI2-2-2018 of them online. Herr Professor Dr. Arnulf Quadt of Georg- https://tinyurl.com/WS-PIcrses August-Universität Göttingen leads the PiA enterprise. http://www.perimeterinstitute.ca/outreach I also had the opportunity of volunteering, experiencing, and enjoying the curriculum developed for refugee schoolchil- Canada’s Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics outreach dren called Physics for Refugees (Physik für Flüchtlinge or group are again advertising wondrous opportunities for high PfF), which are delivered as kits and guides around the coun- school students and teachers to attend international camps try by volunteers at about 60 sites (including two in Cologne live at PI, to take free “GoPhysics!” online enrichment courses —both a refugee center and the Gymnasium Thusneldastraße in April 2018 (“Gravity” with relativity and the “Quantum —a high school). These PfF activities in turn were developed World” for HS students), and download and use theoretical by a group of physics education researchers from the Univer- physics posters, curricular materials, and videos. sity of Education Heidelburg led by Frau Professor Dr. Manu- Email from Greg Dick of Perimeter Institute outreach ela Welzel-Breuer and Dr. Elmar Breuer. Their Physik für DOI: 10.1119/1.5025309 Straßenkinder (Physics for Street Children) project for home- less Latin American street children using pre-service STEM • Stephen Hawking’s 1966 dissertation available teachers to deliver instruction has been running in Medellin online and Copacabana, Columbia, since 2001 and is extensively http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/step-inside-the-mind-of- documented at their patio13 website, where curricular mate- the-young-stephen-hawking-as-his-phd-thesis-goes-online- rials are also available. DOI: 10.1119/1.5025307 for-first-time https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2017/10/you-can-now-read- • Philipp Wichtrup’s Physikdigital site of stephen-hawkings-phd-thesis-for-free-here/ demonstrations and activities http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2980516/ http:// physikdigital.de As author of A Brief History of Time, subject of the film “The https://tinyurl.com/WS-Conductivity Theory of Everything” and one of the best-known living https://www.multimediascienceslam.de/ideengeber/ physicists in the world, Hawking’s pop culture recognition is Note: the Chrome browser will provide automatic translation immense. Recently, Cambridge made his 120-page 1966 dis- on the fly if you are struggling with languages. sertation “Properties of Expanding Universes” available for free download, and it initially crashed their servers. The dis- Herr Wichtrup, a doctoral student in physics didactics at sertation discusses gravitational radiation, singularities (re- Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster has developed an gions of infinite density and zero volume) and other “implica- extensive website keyed to the standard physics curriculum in tions and consequences of the expansion of the universe. ” Northwest Rhine Westfalia, a state or province of Germany. DOI: 10.1119/1.5025310 190 The Physics Teacher ◆ Vol. 56, March 2018
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