Spring Conference – April 22/23 at Foothill College

We’ll be back at Foothill in April!

We are very pleased to have Carl Wieman, 2001 Nobel Prize winner, and the driving force behind the PhET simulations, as our keynote speaker.  The title of his talk is “Taking a scientific approach to teaching physics.”

$20 Annual Dues for new members, $0 for active members, food included.  Register for our Spring Conference!  Note that online registration will close on Wednesday, and the price is $25 at the door.

And while you are at it, get our shirt.  They are $7, pick up at the meeting.

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Car pool and map informaton is at the bottom of the program.

Draft Schedule (Subject to Revision)

Friday Program

3:00 Vendor Workshops
Representatives from PASCO, Vernier and PocketLab will offer one-hour workshops showcasing their latest and greatest. These workshops are free for members. Can’t make it here at three? We are running the workshops in parallel, so even if you miss one you can still make your choice of the other two workshops. These will be held in the 4700 building, so park in Lot 4 and follow signs.  Parking is $3 on Friday.
Click here to register for the Friday afternoon workshops.
 7:00 No-Host Dinner
We will meet for food and socializing at First&Main in downtown Los Altos. If you plan on coming, please RSVP so we can get a headcount.
9:00 A Night at the Foothill Observatory
We will return to campus for stargazing at Foothill’s observatory.

Saturday Program at Foothill College

The main events will take place in room 5015 in the 5000 building, so park in lot 5.  Registered attendees will be sent parking permits as the date approaches, and we’ll have parking permits at registration.
8:00     Registration, Coffee, & Breakfast Food
8:55     Welcome and Announcements
9:00     Poster Session
We are doing another poster session this conference.  If there is something that would interest  physics teachers and you have something to add to the conversation, make a poster and let the world know!  Click here for the Call for Posters submission form (http://ncnaapt.org/archives/2217). BONUS! If you want to submit a poster we are subsidizing printing for 3×2 posters, $5 for K-12 + student teachers or $25 for college/university folks.  We want to see what you have for our wall.
Headshot of Carl Wieman10:00     Keynote Speaker –Carl Wieman (Stanford)
“Taking a scientific approach to teaching physics.”

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January Member Spotlight: Valerie Risk

Each month we will spotlight a NCNAAPT member. Each member will be asked a few questions about their involvement in the section to showcase the many benefits of their membership.

Our inaugural Member Spotlight educator is Valerie Risk, who has been teaching for 5 years.  She currently teaches Physics and AP Physics at Albany High School in Albany, CA.

– How long have you been a member of NCNAAPT?

I’ve been a member of NCAAPT since 2011.  That was the year Richard Muller gave the keynote address for the NCAAPT meeting at UC Berkeley. Continue reading January Member Spotlight: Valerie Risk

Fall Conference – Nov. 13/14, 2015 @ Sacramento State University

Maps and carpool info are at the bottom of the page.

Draft Schedule (Subject to Revision)

Friday Evening Program

No-Host Dinner
We will meet for food and socializing, at Sacramento State’s University Union.
SPS Event – Josh Moss on Recent Discoveries at Atlas
Sac State’s SPS chapter is hosting a free-to-the-public event on campus and we are invited! Josh Moss will give a talk on what’s been going at the ATLAS experiment at CERN.

Saturday Program at Mendocino Hall 1015

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Call for Posters/Presentations/Workshops



Are you doing something that should be shared with other physics teachers?  Will it take more time than the five-minute limit in Share-and-Tell?  In that case, please sign up to present either a poster, presentation or workshop.  We’ll start the conference with our poster session, and close with contributed talks. Continue reading Call for Posters/Presentations/Workshops

Pluto New Horizon Mission Tweets

You can see the latest developments for the Pluto Hew Horizons mission. Their most recent tweets appear below (they make take a few seconds to appear, and you can scroll down to see older ones).

Let’s Save Physics Teachers Some Money

If you were at our last meeting, you heard that we were going to change our dues structure.  Due to a generous annual donation from the Foothill College Physics Show, we will be able to reduce membership costs to in-the-trenches physics teachers.  We will no longer charge fees for our meetings, but will instead revert to a membership model.  When you attend a meeting, you will be required to pay a year’s worth of dues.  These will be set at $25, although if you register via the web we will discount to $20.  Membership covers two meetings (plus associated meals).

Here’s a quick FAQ:

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The American Association of Physics Teachers, Northern California/Nevada Section