We’ll be at the Contra Costa College on April 13/14 for our spring conference. We’ll have a social event on Friday, and on Saturday we’ll have our main event. You can register at http://ncnaapt.org/event-registration?ee=42. Dues for the year are $20, if you paid in the fall, this one is free (we sent you an email with a coupon code), if you pay for this meeting, next fall is free. Lunch (tacos) is included!
We are very excited to have John Collins, the Paper Airplane Guy as our invited speaker. Watch his fun videos at https://www.youtube.com/user/ThePaperAirplaneGuy
Here’s our tentative schedule (subject to change):
8:00 Registration/Posters Doors will open at 8, come and hang with physics teachers, and check out posters. We have removed the abstract submitting process, if you have something you want to share that fits on a wall, bring it and show it!
9:00 Morning Workshop Slot Currently we have three workshops in our morning slot. Both Vernier and PASCO will have representatives demoing their latest, and Bernard Cleyet will tell us about radioactivity experiments.
10:00 – 11:15 Invited Speaker – John Collins He’ll talk about things you can fold and throw.
11:15-12 Group Photo plus Short Business Meeting We’ll take a picture of all of the cool people who attended (administrators sometimes like to look at those) and then hold a business meeting.
12:00-1:30 NCNAAPT is synonymous with tacos for lunch. We’ll have an array of topic tables for discussion groups.
1:30-2:30 Panel – Incorporating educational technology into your teaching We’ll have a group of teachers who share their wisdom and scars as it regards what has and hasn’t worked for them as they’ve implemented new technologies into their classrooms.
2:30-3:30 Afternoon Workshop Slot We have the PocketLab folks showing us their latest, and Mike McCusker will tell us about microwave ovens.
3:30-4:30 Share&Tell We end with our classic Share&Tell where people show the cool things that they are doing to teach physics. Bring a demo!
If you are interested, but have issues around taking care of loved ones on Saturdays, we have mini-grants that cover dependent care. Read here for details: http://ncnaapt.org/archives/2948
Here’s what Google says about getting to Contra Costa College: Map
Our keynote speaker is Jessie Dotson, project scientist for NASA’s K2 Mission. Pictured to the right, she’ll tell us about recent Kepler results. We’ll also have all of the other things that make our meetings so much fun, Share&Tell, a panel, workshops and we are bringing back the poster session. If you paid dues last Fall, registration is free (we’ll send you an email with a discount code), otherwise dues are $20 through Wednesday night, $25 at the door. Click here to register for the main event: http://ncnaapt.org/event-registration?ee=39Continue reading “Spring Meeting – Mt. Diablo HS – April 28/29”
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”
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.
We are very pleased to have Carl Wieman, 2001 Nobel Prize winner, and the driving force behind the PhET simulations, as our keynote speaker. The title of his talk is “Taking a scientific approach to teaching physics.”
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”
If you’re a high school teacher looking to collaborate with other physics teachers with an open agenda, you may want to attend AAPT this summer. Kelly O’Shea is one of the organizers, and here’s her review of it:
“How great would it be to have a day at AAPT that was designed to be totally collaborative and interactive? Where you could decide on that day what you were excited to share with other high school physics teachers? Where you had time and space to work together on a new idea?
Pretty great, right? Yes, amazingly great. And how about if it only cost $20 to attend? And if that included food for breakfast and lunch?”