We are at CCSF in November!

Save the date, we’ll be at the City College of San Francisco for our fall conference.  We’ll have a social event at the Mission Science Workshop on the evening of Friday, November 3, from 6-9 (your arrival and departure times are flexible).   On Saturday the 4th, we’ll have our main event.  Pre-registration has closed, dues will be $25 at the door.

The Saturday highlights include a Q&A with science author Mary Roach, San Jose State’s Brian Holmes on the Physics of Music, a memorial demo show honoring Paul Doherty and an expert panel on how to best serve our transgendered students.  And, of course, there will be a poster session, lots of tacos and Share & Tell.

Friday Night Social
We will be at the Mission Science Workshop located at 3750 18th Street in San Francisco.

People can start showing up at 6–we will have food and folks can explore the workshop. From 6:30-7:30pm we’ll start showing our 2 main exhibits for the evening: 1) our DIY solar unit and 2) a variety of radioactive rocks and ceramics with our Geiger counters hooked up to speakers, showing different ways to demo. The rest of the evening folks are welcome to explore and hang out until we close the doors at 9pm.

There will be a $10 flat fee for food: beans, rice, corn tortillas, salsa, guacamole, and meat, so folks can eat Mexican and vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free eaters will be OK.


Tentative Saturday Schedule:
8:00 Doors and Registration Opens

8:30 Poster Session
Do you have something neat to share with your fellow physics teachers? We’ve got a poster session.

9:00 A Tribute to Paul Doherty featuring Favorite Demos
We recently lost long-time chapter member Paul Doherty. A series of speakers will show us their favorite demos that they learned from Paul.  If you want to share a Paul-inspired demo, drop us a line at https://goo.gl/forms/a8mwhGLL7Xrhwyys2.

10:00 Invited Speaker – Brian Holmes, The Physics of Brass Musical Instruments

I will explain and demonstrate the physics of brass instruments.  During the talk I will build a trumpet, showing the acoustics of its various sections; show why brass instruments have valves instead  of side holes to get different notes; tootle an alphorn and a keyed bugle;  explain what horn players do with their right hands (while playing their instruments.)


11:15 Group Photo
Let those pesky administrators know you were here by showing them the photo of you and your physics family.

11:30 Lunch!
Yes, this will be tacos and topic tables.  We’ll also do another go-around of posters for late-comers.

1:00 Invited Speaker – Mary Roach
Mary Roach is the author of Stiff, Spook, Bonk, Packing for Mars and Grunt. She uses humor to help bring science to a general audience. We’ll be able to pick her brains in a Q&A session.

2:15 Break

2:30 Expert Panel – Transgendered in School
People who identify as transgendered are becoming more visible in our classrooms, this panel will explore how to best serve them.

3:30 Share & Tell
You have five minutes to show us your cool new (or new to us) demo.  We will bring our dreaded gong.  Please bring 80 copies of any handouts.

4:30 Official Close

A link to Google Maps (we are at the Ocean campus).

There is free parking in the Upper Reservoir Lot:

It is never too early to think about carpooling: https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/qhecun

Or public transportation:



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