Join scientists from across the globe for a unique event to celebrate the exciting new field of Gravitational-Wave Astronomy, awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize for Physics.
Tuesday, March 20; 7:00-9:00 PM
The Cooperage at Sonoma State University
Our evening features:
- Special screening of “LIGO Detection”, the latest
movie by award-winning film director Kai Staats
- Live video link-up with Kai Staats for an exclusive
Q&A about the movie
- Panel discussion on the future of gravitational-wave
astronomy, with scientists from the LIGO Scientific
- Hands-on practical demonstrations exploring
the science and technology behind detecting
Admission is free, on campus parking is $5.
Complete information here.
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.
From the global march website:
The 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. Continue reading “March for Science April 22, 2017, Washington DC and California”
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/
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”