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Physics Education in Both Elementary and High Schools

Workshop | Monday, July 27, 2020 - Friday, July 31, 2020
Alvaro Ferraz (International Institute of Physics - UFRN)
Gabriela Barreto Lemos (IIP-UFRN)
Amadeu Albino Junior (IFRN)
Wojciech A. Kulesza (UFPB)




"In a time when science and educators are not given sufficient support and are not properly valued in Brazil, it is essential to support local science teachers and show them that we recognize their essential role in shaping a bright future for the region and for the country.


We believe that science and engineering practices and concepts should be introduced early on in elementary school, in order to prepare students to deal with the massive amounts of information they receive on a daily basis, often uncritically, through social media.


Despite the strong motivation of many teachers, the general lack of institutional investment often confines them to traditional lecture-based classroom settings, without access to training in inquiry-based science teaching methods that are provably more effective in engaging and teaching students.


This conference will focus on science teachers in Brazil, especially physics teachers in the Northeast of the country, and will be composed of workshops, lectures and panel discussions. The goal of the event is to develop a variety of tools (technical, communal, and pedagogical) to aid and motivate them in their work. "




  • Active learning and inquiry-based learning;
  • Peer instruction and flipped classroom;
  • Building demonstrations and experiments for the classroom with everyday materials;
  • Encouraging and preparing girls, native Brazilians and afro-Brazilians to study physics;
  • Using toys and history of science in the introduction of physics concepts in elementary and middle schools;
  • Using technologies and online resources in the classroom;
  • Physics lessons outside the classroom: contextualizing physics concepts in the city;
  • Preparing students for the physics Olympiads;
  • Indigenous astronomy for elementary school students.



In order to assist the organizing staff to timely issue invitation and visa letters, book accommodation and communicate important information, the prospective particpants are kindly asked to regsiter by clicking on the "Register" button at the top of this page.

Registration deadline: May 27, 2020



The policy of the International Institute of Physics with respect to organization of events demands collecting a registration fee from the participants. Members of the local community (institutions in Natal) are considered as free listeners and are exempt from paying the fee.

Students = R$ 200 Brazilian reais

Postdocs/Professionals = R$ 300 Brazilian reais

*Registration fee is accepted in cash only.

** Information about lodging will be posted soon.


Available for those who qualify for financial help. You may apply for financial support when filling out your registration form (Registration page).


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