From Quarks to Black Holes: Engaging activities for Modern Physics in Junior Science

Using resources from the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics this workshop will guide you through engaging hands-on activities and investigations to allow your students to grasp the modern physics material in the new curriculum. This material is very motivating for students and highly topical – but can be a challenge to present in concrete and student-centred ways. This workshop will provide an overview of the connections in the 8 to 10 curriculum, teaching tips, and model some of the activities available to bring these exciting ideas to your students. From tracing light near a black hole with the Event Horizon Telescope to understanding how quarks combine to make particles, come and try out these activities, then take the free, classroom-ready resources and modifiable handouts with you!

Target Audience

Junior Science Teachers (grade 8 and 10 in particular)


12:45 PM - 2:15 PM
Room 702

No prior registration required.


  • Richmond SD38 (with resources from Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics)
    Philip Freeman

    Philip Freeman is a teacher with 25 years experience in science and physics education. He is passionate about helping students see the connections between ideas and the richness of the world around them. He has won the Canadian Association of Physicists award of excellence for physics teaching. Philip currently teaches at Richmond Secondary school and is a regional outreach coordinator for the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.

  • Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
    Laura Pankratz

    Laura Pankratz has been involved in science instruction in Alberta for many years. She believes that every student has potential, and that students should be challenged as they learn. She has been involved in mentoring teachers in classroom best practices for more than 15 years. She is currently seconded as Teacher in Residence at the Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics.