Listening to Einstein’s Universe; March 20th at Sonoma State

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image of poster, all info also in this postJoin 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
    Collaboration
  • Hands-on practical demonstrations exploring
    the science and technology behind detecting
    gravitational waves

Admission is free, on campus parking is $5.

Complete information here.

We are at Contra Costa College in April!

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.

We are very excited to have John Collins, the Paper Airplane Guy as our invited speaker.  Watch his fun videos at www.youtube.com/user/ThePaperAirplaneGuy 

Here’s our Saturday schedule, we’ll meet in GE-225:
  • 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 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 Lunch 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 Dan Burns, Bree Barnett-Dreyfuss and Jon Celesia  will 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, Mike McCusker will tell us about microwave ovens, and Lee Trampleasure will walk us through best practices for social advocacy.
  • 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

It is never too early to think about carpooling: https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/ts4djx

 

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

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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. Continue reading “March for Science April 22, 2017, Washington DC and California”

Spring Meeting – Mt. Diablo HS – April 28/29

We’ll be in Concord for our Spring Meeting!

Our keynote speaker is Jessie Dotson, project scientist for NASA’s K2 Mission.  Invited Speaker Jessie DotsonPictured 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=39 Continue reading “Spring Meeting – Mt. Diablo HS – April 28/29”

Fall Meeting is at Cal – October 21/22

We are returning to Berkeley for our Fall meeting!

Friday October 21

For those that are driving in the night before, or folks who just like to hang out with other physics teachers, we’ve got some Friday night events.  We’ll meet at 6 at Pyramids Restaurant: http://www.pyramidsrestaurantandgrill.com/.  They feature Egyptian fare, but of course you can always get a burger.  At 8 we’ll be at the telescopes at the Chabot Science Center:  http://www.chabotspace.org/observatories.htm Continue reading “Fall Meeting is at Cal – October 21/22”

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
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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”

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

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AAPT High School Physics Teacher Camp this summer

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?
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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?”

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