Entangling Learning

May 2-4, 2019

Institute for Quantum Computing, Waterloo


The theme of this year's conference is Entangling Learning. The phenomenon of entanglement is both fascinating and eyebrow-raising, and forms the foundation for the work of our hosts, the Institute for Quantum Computing. We hope you will enjoy the workshop offerings this year that thoroughly entangle the quantum world, student learning, and innovative teaching practices into a delightful superposition! Upon observation, make sure your wave function collapses into the "attend the conference" state!

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Detailed session descriptions are available by following this link, or you can view/download them in pdf form by clicking here.

A full conference package in pdf form is available by clicking here.

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Conference sponsored by the University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering

Conference Schedule

Thursday, May 2




4:30 - 6:00 pm


QNC Atrium

6:00 - 7:30 pm


7:30 - 7:40 pm

Welcome from IQC and OAPT – John Donahue and Chris Meyer

QNC 0101

7:40 – 8:00 pm

Tweet-Up! Social Media: Some of the Best PD I've Ever Had – Andrea McPhee


8:00 - 9:00 pm

Panel Discussion: Bridging the Gap between High School and University


9:00 - 11:00 pm



Friday, May 3

Sessions in green are offered by our hosts, IQC

Sessions in blue have a university focus.





8:00 – 8:45 am

Coffee and Exhibitors

QNC Atrium

8:45 – 9:45

Keynote Address: Quantum Information Science and Technology

Raymond Laflamme 0101

Session A

10:00 – 10:45

IQC: The Two Golden Rules of Quantum Mechanics

John Donohue

Acting Out in Large Lecture Halls

Carolyn Sealfon

  • A.     Using Quizlet Live in Your Math Class
  • B.     Current Electricity: Predict, Observe, Explain
  • A.     Steve Fotheringham
  • B.     Alasdair Paterson

Storytelling for High School Physics Teaching

Brian Lim

A Tiny Talk about Micro:Bits

Dwight Robinson

10:45 – 11:15

Break and Exhibitors


Session B

11:15- 12:15

Bang on a Buck! Exciting physics demos you can afford.


Working with DIY simulations

Tasha Richardson

Teaching Mechanics Backwards from Energy & Mass Principles

Anjuli Ahooja

Light ‘em Up! – Electric Greeting Cards for Gr. 9 Electricity

Andrew Moffat

Perimeter Institute: Electromagnetism in Special Relativity

Dave Fish

12:15 – 1:30

Lunch and Exhibitors


Session C

1:30 - 2:30 pm

IQC: Wave-Particle Duality and Simple Quantum Algorithms

John Donohue

  • A.     Simple Center of Mass Demonstrations
  • B.     The impact of pre-lecture modules in an intro physics course
  • C.     Promoting Student Success in 1st Year Physics at University
  • A.     Tetyana Antimirova
  • B.     Michael Massa
  • C.     Marc De Benedetti
  • A.     Physics for All (PFA): Career Access and Opportunity
  • B.     What can you do with a Physics Degree?
  • A.     Leroy Clarke
  • B.     Sara Cormier

Unpacking Current and Electromagnetism!

Dave Doucette

Perimeter Institute: Using Fields for Propulsion

Laura Pankratz

2:30 – 3:00

Break and Exhibitors


Session D

3:00 - 4:10

  • A.     Authentic Assessment in Physics: A case study
  • B.     Using reflections to explore student learning in lab course
  • C.     Closing the Gender Gap in Engineering and Physics: The Role of High School Physics
  • A. Chitra Rangan
  • B. Bei Cai
  • C. Eamonn Corrigan
  • A.     Feedback-based Learning
  • B.     Group Multiple Choice Tests: Assessment as Learning
  • C.     As, for, of... How to effectively assess cooperative learning
  • A.     Saara Naudts
  • B.     Andrea McPhee
  • C.     Vjera Miovic

A hands-on overview of STEMcoding project resources

Chris Orban

Scared Scriptless

Carolyn Sealfon, Nancy Watt

Twitchy is Good: Reaction Times in the Physics Classroom

Greg Macdonald

4:15 – 4:45

OAPT Announcements and Giveaway

4:45 - late

Social and Dinner

Saturday, May 4





Session E

9:00 - 10:10

  • A.     Explore Energy Transformations with a Rube Goldberg Device
  • B.     Meeting the Challenge of College Physics
  • A.     Margaret Scora
  • B.     Roberta Tevlin, Mari-Ann Goettsch

Mantis Shrimp - the Attack of Elastic Energy!

Milica Rakić

Electricity - The Deep Dive

Chris Meyer

10:10 – 10:30



Session F

10:30 - 11:40

An Authentic Introduction to Work and Energy

Edward Gissing

Optics Through Inquiry

Adam Mills

Spiralling... reshuffling the deck in the order you teach

Ashley McCarl Palmer

11:50 – 12:30

OAPT General Meeting

We are looking for feedback on the conference and for volunteers to help the organization. Everyone is Welcome!


General Information


The conference session will be held at the Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre (QNC).

The University of Waterloo has an interactive map located here 

Parking: Day guests are welcome to park in lots “S” and “V” for a fee of $5.00/day. Parking pass can be purchased through the Pay &

Display machine located in Lot "S".


The conference offers a Thursday evening dinner and coffee, snacks, and lunch on Friday. Breakfast is provided only with accommodation registrations. The Friday evening dinner will take place at local restaurants. Signup for Friday dinner locations at the conference Friday morning.


Click here for accommodation registration.

Accommodations for the conference are in Ron Eydt Village (REV on the map) with a selection of double rooms for single/double occupancy with a cost of $60 or $30 per night. Each floor consists of 24 double rooms with 2 large communal washrooms per floor (1 male and 1 female) along with a common lounge for after-hours networking. Guests are welcome to use the weight room, TV lounge and games area all located in the Ron Eydt Village. 

Free parking is available to guests staying overnight at Ron Eydt Village in Lots “S” & “V” with overflow parking in Lot J. 

The accommodation Front Desk, located in Ron Eydt Village, is open 7 days a week from 7:00am to 12:00am with on call support outside of these hours. Guests check-in is 4:00pm and check-out is prior to 11:00am.

Breakfasts are included as part of the accommodation cost and are available from 7:30 am - 9:00 am at Ron Eydt Village - 147 - Dining Room.


The exhibit area welcomes vendors, non-profit charitable organizations, and academic institutions to showcase science educational resources and services. The exhibit area is located in a central location where coffee and lunch breaks will be held. Break times are extended for teachers to visit exhibitors and vendors (see the schedule above for exact times).

The exhibit area will include one 8' x 2.5' table at a cost of $250. One extra table can be obtained for an additional $100. Non-profit, charitable organizations will not be charged a fee. Organizations who are identified sponsors of the OAPT Conference will not be charged a fee. The Exhibit area will be set up for Friday May 12, 2017 only. Set up will be made available by 7:00 am, with participants arriving by 8:30 am. The day ends officially at 5:00 pm. Unloading and loading can take place through the front door. You may stay until 5:30 pm, if desired.

If you wish to obtain an exhibitor table(s), please fill out our exhibitor information form. The number of tables is limited by space. Please sign up early to assure availability.

Financial Support for Attendees:

Through the OAPT and our generous sponsors there are a number of financial supports available for those attending the conference. Please follow this link to our page which gives details plus links for applying for them. 

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