Category Archives: Events and speakers

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

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.  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. Click here to register for the main event: http://ncnaapt.org/event-registration?ee=39

very tentative schedule of events:

Friday Night Social: Meet us at Mt. Diablo HS for a movie , some pizza and cool friends.  Time TBA.

Saturday Timeline
8:00     Registration, Coffee, & Breakfast Food
A special thanks to Vernier for helping to subsidize coffee&snacks.


8:30-8:55 Poster Session (Registration & Breakfast continue)
If you have a poster abstract, drop us a line at http://ncnaapt.org/archives/2810.  We subsidize posters, $5 for high school teachers.

8:55- 9:00 Official Welcome

9:00-10:00 Show & Tell
Bring your favorite demo to share with us.  If you are making photocopies for distribution, 75 is a good number.

10-11:15 Invited Speaker: Jessie Dotson

11:15-11:25 Break

11:25-11:45 Business Meeting
We will have an election!  If you are interested in serving as an officer, send an email to marascodavid@foothill.edu.  We will hear from our Treasurer and Section Rep.

11:45 Group Photo

12-1:30 Lunch with Table Topics and Poster Reprise
Most likely tacos.  Sit with old friends, new friends or at a topic table. Possible topic tables: AP Physics, Physics First, Rookie Teachers, Two Year Colleges, Next Generation Science Standards, Labs and/or anything you want to bring to the table that meets a critical mass. These topic tables allow time for informal but focused conversations about topics important to those in attendance.

1:30-3:00 Workshops
1:30-3:00 College Roundup

3:00 March for Science Follow-Up
No, it’s never too early to think about carpooling: https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/rcyaxb

 

 

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

Saturday October 22

Our keynote speaker is Bob Jacobsen, Berkeley physics faculty member and the Dean of Undergraduate Studies.  If you paid dues last Spring, registration is free (we’ll send you an email with a discount code), otherwise it is $25 at the door.

And while you are at it, get our shirt.  They are $7, pick up at the meeting.

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Here’s our preliminary schedule for the day (subject to change):

8AM – Open for registration – LeConte Hall

 

9 –  Share & Tell – LeConte 1
Bring your favorite demo to share with us.  If you are making photocopies for distribution, 75 is a good number.

 

10-11:15 Keynote Speaker – Bob Jacobsen – LeConte 1

 “Dark Matter and Improved Pedagogy – Searching for Elusive Evidence”

A look at the similarities behind doing a search for a new phenomenon, and trying to find better  pedagogies.

 

11:15 Group Photo
Yes, you will get to take home a photo of you and scores of other physics teachers.  This is good evidence for administrators checking up on professional development activities.

 

11:30-1 Lunch w/Topic Tables
Once again we’ll have tacos.   We’ll embark by table, with tables for things like NGSS, AP, TYCs, Newbies & Old Farts, PER and whatever else people are interested in.

 

1-2:30 Lab tours, advanced lab, workshops.
  • There will be a 45-minute workshop by Berkeley’s DoseNet that will repeat.

DoseNet is a radiation and environmental sensor network including schools throughout the Bay Area and internationally that serves to establish a relationship between UC Berkeley and member high schools, with long-term goals of building students’ understanding of scientific and technologic thinking while engaging and informing the community about radiation in their environment. We see interacting with young students as vital to improving community understanding of radiation and radiation risks as well as providing valuable hands-on experimentation in a relevant and cutting-edge scientific endeavor.

  • We’ll have a 45-minute NGSS workshop that will repeat
  • We’ll have tours of various Cal research labs and teaching labs
2:30-3:30 Panel on Gender Issues in Physics/Physics Ed – LeConte 1
Moderated by Jennie Guzman with  Mary Gaillard, Sylvia Lewin and Valerie Risk.   Jennie Guzman is faculty at CSU East Bay, and was our keynote speaker at our meeting at Sacramento St.  Mary Gaillard is a long-time faculty member in the Cal Physics Department and LBNL, and is the author of “A Singularly Unfeminine Profession: One Woman’s Journey in Physics.” Sylvia Lewin is a Cal grad student and one of the head coordinators of SWPS.  Valerie Risk is a long-time member of our local chapter and teaches at Albany High School.
3:30-4:30 Berkeley Physics Demo Show – LeConte 4
We’ll close with a bang as department shows off its stockroom.

 

We strongly suggest using public transportation and carpooling.   The link for carpooling is https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/4muhxw

 

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

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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Spring Conference – April 22/23 at Foothill College

We’ll be back at Foothill in April!

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.”

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iFly SF Bay educator open house

Dear Educators,

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

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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Vernier Data Collection workshop in SF Bay Area

There are hands-on Vernier workshops coming to our area, and seats are still available.

Photo of data collectionData-collection Workshop in Santa Clara, CA

  • Monday, April 27, 2015
  • 4:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Santa Clara Marriott
    2700 Mission College Blvd.
    Santa Clara, CA 95054
  • Details and registration »

Data-collection Workshop in San Francisco, CA

Join us to learn how to integrate our data-collection technology into your science curriculum. You will have the opportunity to explore our award-winning sensor interface, the Vernier LabQuest.

For more information and online registration, go to our website or e-mail us at register@vernier.com.

Best regards,
Vernier Software & Technology

PS. Our local Vernier contact is long-time NCN AAPT member Clarence Bakken, who you can reach at cbakken2001@yahoo.com

Exploratorium celebrates two years at Pier 15, win a lifetime membership

Kid at ExploratoriumHelp the Exploratorium celebrate their 2nd anniversary at Pier 15 on April 17. Share what you love most about our new home for a chance to win a lifetime Dual Explorers membership and a $500 gift card to the Exploratorium Store.

Share your favorite exhibits, views, and memories of Pier 15 for a chance to win a lifetime of exploration, curiosity, and creativity.

Complete details here: http://exploratorium.tumblr.com/post/114682402009/2nd-year-at-the-pier-instagram-contest