It’s summer, which means many of us will be moving into new schools, or cleaning out old ones. It’s not unusual to come across equipment that you have no idea how it is used (even for veteran teachers!). In light of that, we and PTSOS have created a new Twitter hashtag to use our collective wisdom to help identify unknown equipment:
If you are on Twitter, feel free to ask and answer questions about equipment.
We’ll be in Concord for our Spring Meeting!
Our keynote speaker is Jessie Dotson, project scientist for NASA’s K2 Mission. Pictured to the right, she’ll tell us about recent Kepler results. We’ll also have all of the other things that make our meetings so much fun, Share&Tell, a panel, workshops and we are bringing back the poster session. If you paid dues last Fall, registration is free (we’ll send you an email with a discount code), otherwise dues are $20 through Wednesday night, $25 at the door. Click here to register for the main event: http://ncnaapt.org/event-registration?ee=39 Continue reading Spring Meeting – Mt. Diablo HS – April 28/29
I’m very sad to report the daughter of one of our longtime members and contributors Dave Wall of City College of San Francisco, Elender Wall, passed away last Monday evening from complications of thyroid cancer. She was 47 years old. Dave was well-known for his demos that involved magic tricks, and years later his daughter Elender joined our ranks. Despite her musical training in voice at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, she degreed in physics and went on to edit and distribute Dave’s textbook Introductory Physics: A Problem-Solving Approach. Continue reading In Memoriam – Elender Wall
We are returning to Berkeley for our Fall meeting!
Friday October 21
For those that are driving in the night before, or folks who just like to hang out with other physics teachers, we’ve got some Friday night events. We’ll meet at 6 at Pyramids Restaurant: http://www.pyramidsrestaurantandgrill.com/. They feature Egyptian fare, but of course you can always get a burger. At 8 we’ll be at the telescopes at the Chabot Science Center: http://www.chabotspace.org/observatories.htm Continue reading Fall Meeting is at Cal – October 21/22
SAVE THE DATE – OUR NEXT MEETING IS April 29 at Mt. Diablo
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, we’ll start the conference with our poster session, and you should present. Continue reading Call for Presentations
AN INVITATION TO PRESENT AND ATTEND
August 1-3, 2016 – City College of San Francisco-North Beach ChinaTown Campus
The Astronomy Teaching Summit (ATS) brings together dedicated astronomy and planetary sciences educators to share innovative teaching techniques and successful instructional strategies that increase students’ engagement, achievement, and motivation. Although the ATS is designed primarily for college professors teaching the introductory astronomy survey course (ASTRO 101), science teacher educators and high school teachers that touch on earth & space concepts, and outreach enthusiasts will find the talks and workshops valuable. The summit includes formal presentations, interactive workshops, and roundtable discussions all designed around astronomy teaching innovations. This is a great opportunity to upgrade your innovative teaching toolkit! Astronomy educators and outreach enthusiasts from all levels are invited to participate and submit proposals for presentations. Continue reading Astronomy Teaching Summit at SF City College
Our local high school teachers are encouraged to attend the 2nd annual AAPT High School Physics Teacher Camp. The camp will be held on Sunday, July 17, 2016, just prior to the AAPT Summer Meeting at the Rio Americano High School in Sacramento, California.
What: The camp is a self-organizing opportunity for teachers of high school physics classes to discuss topics such as inquiry labs, standards-based grading, video analysis, and computer–based labs. The registrants will determine the topics. There will also be an expectation to share something about your teaching with the group.
When: July 17, 2016 Continue reading AAPT High School Physics Teacher Camp near Sacramento this summer
If you are interested in attending a Modeling Instruction workshop this summer, there are still openings in some based in California. If none of these fit your schedule, you can find more at modelinginstruction.org/workshops Continue reading Modeling Instruction workshops in California this summer
I want to be sure your teachers are aware of a very unique opportunity to increase their understanding of content in physical science and physics. Professional development master teachers with the American Association of Physics Teachers will be in your area July 15-16, 2016 and would like to invite your teachers to join them in a stimulating, fun, and content focused professional development at the PASCO facility. Each day will focus on specific topics aligned with the California standards and we promise your teachers will be engaged and learn something new. One day will focus on elementary physical science and the second day will focus on higher-level physics and physical science.
Continue reading Momentum and Impulse: Workshop by AAPT PTRA at PASCO, July 16th, 2016
We had over 100 educators in attendance!
You can see more photos here: https://m.flickr.com/#/photos/ncnaapt/sets/72157667433415116/