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Unrecognized/unknown equipment in your physics closet?

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:Twitter unkown equipment image

#unknonwnequipment

If you are on Twitter, feel free to ask and answer questions about equipment.

March for Science April 22, 2017, Washington DC and California

Mission

From the global march website:

Logo for National March for ScienceThe March for Science champions robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity. We unite as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for science that upholds the common good and for political leaders and policy makers to enact evidence based policies in the public interest.

Local Marches

image of NCN AAPT t-shirtThe Nor Cal/Nev AAPT Section will be organizing meeting places at at some marches in our area for member who want to march together (and wear a NCNAAPT t-shirts as well!). Keep your eye on this page for more details, and/or leave a comment below if you are going to one our region’s marches and would like to meet other AAPT members.

Find a march near you:

As of February 16, 2017, the following locations have local marches planned in the Northern California/Nevada region:

  • Map of NCN and S Oregon marchesAshland, OR
  • Klamath Fall, OR
  • Humboldt, CA
  • Redding, CA
  • Reno, NV
  • Nevada County, CA
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Oakland, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Livermore, CA
  • San Jose, CA
  • Santa Cruz, CA
  • Yosemite Valley, CA
  • Modesto, CA

Washington, DC March

Information about the march in Washington, DC can be found here.

Around the country and the world!

This image shows all the marches around the world, as of Feb 16, 2017. Click the link for an interactive map with links to all these marches.

Map of March for Science satellite marches

Astronomy Teaching Summit at SF City College

Caper headerAN INVITATION TO PRESENT AND ATTEND

August 1-3, 2016 – City College of San Francisco-North Beach ChinaTown Campus
www.caperteam.com/astro101summit

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

AAPT High School Physics Teacher Camp near Sacramento this summer

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.
AAPT High School Physics Teacher Camp logo
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

Momentum and Impulse: Workshop by AAPT PTRA at PASCO, July 16th, 2016

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.PTRA banner

Continue reading Momentum and Impulse: Workshop by AAPT PTRA at PASCO, July 16th, 2016

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

AAPT National is coming to Sacramento in July !!!

image of Sacramento riverfrontAAPT National’s Summer 2016 Meeting is being held in our backyard, at the Sacramento Convention Center with workshops at Sacramento State University.

Saturday, July 16 – Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Whether you’ve never been to a National meeting, or are a regular attendee, this is a great opportunity to attend with lower travel costs. One day will be a “High School” day, with a lower registration fee for teachers who wish to only attend that day (although we encourage you to attend all days!)

Information can be found here:

  • Meeting home page (registration is not up yet, but will appear on this page when it is).
  • Abstract submission page. You can either give an eight minute talk, or present a poster at one of the poster sessions. Share your knowledge with others (and remember, some of the ‘posters’ are just presentation slides printed out on 8.5×11 paper–it’s the content that is important, not the style).

Volunteering

If you’d like to help out, there will likely be opportunities to volunteer. Please complete the form below and we’ll get in touch with you.