What’s the Big Idea? Hands-on Activities for Fields in Physics 12

Electric and magnetic fields are one of the big ideas in the Physics 12 curriculum, but they are also very abstract and can be a challenge for students who are more comfortable with the things they can see and feel. Through these hands-on activities you can provide your students with the links to make fields real and understandable. Addressing both content and curricular competencies with resources from the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics both new and experienced teachers can find fresh ideas for teaching these concepts along with classroom-ready resources in modifiable form.


2:15 PM - 3:45 PM
Room 702

No prior registration required.


  • Surrey School District -SD 36
    Louay El Halabi

    Louay has been a Physics Teacher for the past 20 years, including teaching the International Baccalaureate program for the past 12 years at Semiahmoo Secondary School. Louay also coaches’ students for two provincial science competitions, Kwantlen Science Challenge and UBC Physics Olympics. Louay has also served as a board member for the British Columbia association of Physics Teachers for the past 6 years and has been actively involved with developing and presenting workshops in BC. Louay’s innovative teaching methods including extensive opportunities for hands on labs and demos allows him to bring passion and fun into Physics in a way that takes the ‘scary’ out of Physics, engages students and allows them to take risks. Louay is also the recipient of the CAP award for excellence in Physics Teaching this year.

  • 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.