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

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! 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 – Jennie Guzman (Cal State East Bay)
We are excited to have Jennie Guzman as our keynote speaker.  Her talk is entitled “Mind the gap: A discussion of gender and other biases on STEM.”


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
We usually don’t have a business meeting in the Fall, but we want to ratify our new (lower) dues structure, and have a quick chat about teacher recognition awards.
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    Discussion Panel: How to Improve Lab Grading
Moderated by Tom Woosnam (Crystal Springs Uplands School) with Leanna Felardo (Oroville High School) and David Marasco (Foothill College)
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
3:30 Mendocino Hall 1015 – The Strange Buoyant Object by Cynthia Cudaback, Orinda Academy
3:30 Mendocino Hall 1005 – Graphing with a TI 83/84 Calculator by Lee Trampleasure, Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory
4:00 Mendocino Hall 1015 – Teaching with Science Notebooks by Leanna Felardo, Oroville High School
4:00 Mendocino Hall 1005 – One Interesting Property of a Vibrating Slinky by Phil Gash, Chico State
 After you register, please take our “two click” poll to let us know which workshops you will likely attend. The poll appears in the upper left sidebar on all our web pages.
4:30   Official Close


Willing to carpool? Here’s the link: http://www.groupcarpool.com/t/a0htqj

Sac State Maps

Google Map to Campus
Click on the link for the University Union and Mendocino Hall:
Interactive Campus Map
Parking Permits Available at Registration

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