Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

New Video on "Dark Matter" With Teacher Notes to Benefit Students, From Canada's Perimeter Institute

    Waterloo, Canada (ots/PRNewswire) - Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (PI) is now providing the  first in a new series of in-class, educational resources designed to help  high school teachers introduce and guide students through a variety of topics in science.

    The first module on "The Mystery of Dark Matter" features a 25 minute  DVD and teacher guide complete with student activity sheets and suggested  hands-on demonstrations. The full video and kit can be viewed online at and is available to educators in a  hard-copy format.

    Creative and Custom Designed

    Described by celebrated scientist Vera Rubin as "... imaginative,  artistic and scientifically valid," Perimeter Explorations fulfills the  number one request from hundreds of high school teachers who attend the  Institute's popular EinsteinPlus Workshop on Modern Physics - to receive  PI's lessons in a flexible, comprehensive and simple format that can be  used in classroom settings.

    John Matlock, Director of External Relations and Outreach, says, "It  was clear that educators desired content related to curricula, but at the  leading edge of scientific knowledge. They also want to challenge their  students with deep concepts, abstract ideas, and mathematical formulas in  highly visual ways. Finally, we've long known that students can really  benefit through engaging with researchers who probe, question, and  postulate new ideas. This first module brings all of these elements  together and was created from the ground up as an in-class resource for  educators."

    Shedding Light on Dark Matter

    Over the last few decades, physicists have discovered that around  ninety percent of every galaxy in the universe is made of an unseen  substance called "dark matter". Damian Pope, PI's Senior Manager of  Scientific Outreach, comments, "It's currently one of the hottest topics in  physics. The module provides teachers with tools to show how dark matter  was discovered, to explain why it remains a mystery, and to share the  passion of scientists who are trying to discover what it's made of."

    Over 100 international educators and researchers contributed to the  new in-class resource, "which is designed with both expert and novice  educators in mind," says Dr. Pope. Teachers can edit the electronic student  worksheets and tailor the content to individual classes. The video also  takes viewers inside various research locations, including Canada's  Perimeter Institute, as well as SNOLAB, an underground laboratory located  in Sudbury, Ontario. The full enrichment resource includes:

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        -    Suggested Ways to Use the Module - lesson outlines
        -    Curriculum Links - commonly taught topics related to dark matter
        -    Student Activities - hands-on demonstrations and mathematical
        -    Dark Side of the Universe - introductory article about dark matter@@end@@

    Available to view and order online

    This first edition in the Perimeter Explorations series was recently  unveiled to international science educators, communicators, and policy  makers at two events - including a special workshop with Max Tegmark of MIT , Damian Pope of PI, and John Matlock of PI at the American Association for  the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual General Meeting in Boston.  Following this event, a special ceremony took place with Canada's Toronto  District School Board (TDSB) after which the Director, Gerry Connelly,  commented, "As a science junkie and former science teacher, last Wednesday  was a real treat for me! Using multimedia, string and washers, students  explored the cutting edge of scientific knowledge and shared in the passion  of world-renowned researchers." James Ball, President of the Ontario Association of Physics Teachers, says the module "Explains the fascinating  subject of Dark Matter in a way that both engages and educates our students . The video is professionally put together and is accompanied by an  excellent teacher resource package."

    The entire video and kit of materials is free for educators while  quantities last and is fully viewable online at  Future modules will include lessons on Black Holes, Quantum Mechanics, and  other hot topics in modern physics. The Institute also provides summer  science camps for students and teachers as well as a popular monthly public  lecture series that can be viewed online.

    About Perimeter Institute

    Canada's Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics is an independent , non-profit, scientific research and educational outreach organization  where international scientists cluster to push the limits of our  understanding of physical laws and calculate new ideas about the very  essence of space, time, matter, and information. The award-winning research  centre provides a multi-disciplinary environment to foster research in  areas of Cosmology, Particle Physics, Quantum Foundations, Quantum Gravity, Quantum Information, Superstring Theory, and related areas. The Institute,  located in Waterloo, Ontario, also provides a wide array of educational  outreach activities for students, teachers, and members of the general  public in order to share the joy of scientific research, discovery, and  innovation.

        For inquiries, please direct:
        -    Outreach-related questions to Julie Taylor at
        -    Media related items, please contact Renee Ellis at

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