2020 Medal Winners | francais

The 2020 CAP Award for Excellence in Teaching High School/CEGEP Physics (Quebec and Nunavut)

is awarded to

Patrick Mayard

"It’s with honour and gratitude that I receive this Award of Excellence acknowledging my passion for physics that radiated both inside and outside the classroom. My sincerest thanks converge to the professionals and former students who supported my nomination as well as to the CAP for this recognition." winner citation

The Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) is pleased to announce that the 2020 CAP Award for Excellence in Teaching High School/CEGEP Physics (Quebec and Nunavut) is awarded to Patrick Mayard, English Montreal School Board, in recognition of for his innovative and pragmatic methods of teaching physics, for founding a learning center to increase the success rate in science and for his extensive educational works for teachers and students across the province. announcement

Patrick Mayard is both a passionate physics teacher and motivator. The symbiosis of these qualities has imparted a lasting, positive impact on his students. From an educational perspective, Patrick used innovative and pragmatic teaching methods rooted in applied physics; he linked each physics concept to an everyday life example as well as implemented a year-end robotics project. He also introduced his students to Microsoft Excel to strengthen their understanding of graphing and shared motivational principles on a weekly basis. This approach resulted in high student achievement. For example, his physics or science students won the First Prize at the Rosemount High School Science Fair for three consecutive years; another student, who enrolled in the McGill Honours Physics program, graduated at the top of his class, and another student, who became a two-time champion of the Canadian Robotics Competition, pursued an engineering career.

Patrick's contributions transcended the classroom. He established an advanced robotics mentorship program with Rosemount Technology Center to deepen students' understanding of complex robots. He also partnered with McGill and Concordia universities to give engineering presentations at Rosemount High School to inspire the next generation of physicists and engineers. From a provincial perspective, he co-organized a seminar in Montreal for the professional development of new physics teachers and was a jury member of an engineering committee for the Canadian Robotics Competition. Patrick served, for two years, as an advisory councillor in the Canadian Association of Physicists. He was also selected by the Quebec Science Association to present his problem-solving method to physics and science teachers at their annual Congress; hence, in 2019, he won the Raymond-Gervais Provincial Award for Excellence in teaching science in Quebec. Patrick Mayard is also an author of seven educational works, which made him a nationally recognized speaker. nominator citation

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