STAR Physics: Science Teachers Associated eLearning Resources
Notes of the Minerva STAR Physics Steering Group Meeting Saturday 8th November
2003 in the School of Physics DIT
Attendance: Steering Group – Jen Harvey (JH), Marion Palmer (MP), Brian Bowe (BB),
Paul Horan (PH), Laura Walsh (LW), David Hobson (DH)
Teachers –Brian Masterson (BM)
Guests – Philip Matthews (TCD), Rebecca Tracy (DCU)
The meeting of the Steering Group began at 10 am. The meeting was extended to include
the wider group of attendees.
The meeting began with an introduction to the web page, which was to lead to the STAR
Physics WebCT site. Points were given about the make up of the page and the revised
version can now be found at
The purpose of this web page is to create further interest in the project and encourage
new members to join the STAR Physics group. This web link will be sent to various
As there were representatives from Trinity College and DCU, the possibility of speaking
to the HDip and Science education students was discussed. It was decided that separate
seminars should be held for the HDip students in Trinity and the fourth year science
education students in DCU, giving them the opportunity to view and evaluate the site.
Although most of these students are not studying physics as their first subject, many of
them will eventually teach physics. The Bulgarian chemistry site may also be of interest
to these students.
Therefore the aim is to visit these groups in mid to late December then hold seminars in
January. The hope is that this new group will also be part of the end dissemination and
The next point of discussion was the future of the project, how will it continue once
funding has finished?
Could postgraduate students use their 4 hours work to keep the site updated?
Perhaps a proposal for further funding could be submitted on the basis of
producing a STAR Physics CD, independent from London Met and Bulgaria.
Could STAR Physics be made into an online module for DIT? If it were
accredited would more teachers be interested in taking part?
Brian Bowe to speak to Siobhan Greer ISTA Chair about a talk and workshop at the
ISTA Annual Meeting in Dundalk 26-28 March 2004.
A video containing clips from various physics experiments was shown, all felt that these
could be useful to show in class to complement experiments in the lab (however in no
way to replace actual experiments). These clips and some others, which will be videoed
in Kevin St. DIT will be available from the website and hopefully on CD. Some
suggestions for video clips were the Photoelectric Effect, Static Electricity experiment,
Half Life. The clips will also contain a little information on the experiment.
Finally, the steering group suggested that everyone involved in the project get together
for a Christmas drink, the date confirmed for this is 15th December at 6 o’clock in the
Market bar off George’s Street.