Spring Conference – April 22/23 at Foothill College

We’ll be back at Foothill in April!

Our keynote speaker is Nobel Prize winner Carl Wieman.

$20 Annual Dues for new members, $0 for active members, food included.  Register for our Spring Conference!

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


Draft Schedule (Very Preliminary, Subject to Revision)

Friday Program

Vendor Workshops
We are arranging for workshops from a variety of vendors.  These will be at Foothill College.  We’ll set up registration for the workshops when details are firm.
No-Host Dinner
We will meet for food and socializing near campus.
A Night at the Foothill Observatory
Stargazing at Foothill’s observatory.

Saturday Program at Foothill College

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.
10:00     Keynote Speaker –Carl Wieman (Stanford)
We are very please to have Carl Wieman, 2001 Nobel Prize winner, and the driving force behind the PhET simulations, as our keynote speaker.
11:15     Group Photo + Break
A photo is a nice reminder of the meeting, and helps convince administrators that you attended.
11:30     Mini-Business Meeting
Report-outs, elections and recognition awards.  Have a candidate for our Excellence in Teaching award?  Nominate them at our nomination form.
12:00     Lunch With Topic Tables
Sit with old friends, new friends or at a topic table. Possible topic tables: AP Physics, Physics First, Rookie Teachers, Two Year Colleges, Next Generation Science Standards, Labs and/or anything you want to bring to the table that meets a critical mass. These topic tables allow time for informal but focused conversations about topics important to those in attendance.
1:30    Expert Q&A Panel: Topic to be Determined
Stay tuned!
2:30   Share & Tell
Share your favorite demonstration or teaching tip. Since new teachers and section members will be at this meeting, you are  encouraged to dust off some of your oldies but goodies. If you have handouts, please bring 75 copies. Time limit is 5 minutes per person or you risk the dreaded GONG.
3:30   Workshops & Talks
This is for topics that we can’t share in either the poster or Share & Tell formats.  If you have something you want to bring to the community, submit an abstract.  We’ll update this space with a lineup in late March.
4:30   Official Close

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

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

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:

Continue reading Let’s Save Physics Teachers Some Money

iFly SF Bay educator open house

Dear Educators,

I’m John Boyce, Education Director at iFLY SF Bay. I’m in charge of iFLY’s STEM education program, and I use a 1000 horsepower vertical wind tunnel as a classroom and laboratory. This unique invention provides airflows approaching 48 million standard liters/minute, at true airspeeds up to 200 mph (90 m/s). Continue reading iFly SF Bay educator open house

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