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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. 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 viewing of Hidden Figures , some pizza, popcorn and cool friends.  A lucky participant will walk home with a movie DVD.  Doors open at 6PM, we’ll start the movie at roughly 6:30.

 

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

A tour of the universe as seen by NASA’s K2 Mission
NASA launched the Kepler space telescope in 2009 to search for earth-sized planets around sun-like stars. Kepler monitored 170,000 stars in Cygnus continuously over 4 years seeking the telltale dimming of a transiting planet. After losing its second of four reaction wheels in May 2013, the spacecraft was repurposed as the K2 mission, pointing in the ecliptic where the solar pressure stays on the spacecraft axis of symmetry, allowing 80-day long observation of a field-of-view. Observing along the ecliptic allows the tool of high-precision time domain observations to be applied to a variety of areas of research including exoplanets, asteroids, white dwarfs and supernova (to name a few).

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.  Finally, we’ll present our teaching award, so nominate somebody you know.

 

11:45 Group Photo
Always good to show those administrators who are interested in your professional development.

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, 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 NGSS Workshops and College Roundup
We’ll break into two different streams in the 1:30-3:00 segment

NGSS Workshops
1:30 “Physics in the Universe”
Val Monticue will discuss this the new NGSS physics class.
2:45 “Modeling, Energy and the NGSS”
Lee Trampleasure leads us through a Modeling approach that connects energy across the sciences.
College Roundup
1:30 Small group discussions for topics in college instruction.

 

3:00 – Close March for Science Follow-Up

3:00-3:45 Q&A with Tracy Van Houten
Tracy Van HoutenWe are excited that Tracy Van Houten will be joining us remotely.  She is leaving a position at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to run for California’s 34th Congressional District.  If elected, she will be the first woman engineer in Congress. Read more about her in this article in The Atlantic.

3:45-???  Advocacy Workshops
Learn how to take direction action to address issues that concern you and your community, and then do it.
No, it’s never too early to think about carpooling: https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/rcyaxb

 

 

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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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.

Fall Conference – Nov. 13/14, 2015 @ Sacramento State University

Maps and carpool info are at the bottom of the page.

Draft Schedule (Subject to Revision)

Friday Evening Program

No-Host Dinner
We will meet for food and socializing, at Sacramento State’s University Union.
SPS Event – Josh Moss on Recent Discoveries at Atlas
Sac State’s SPS chapter is hosting a free-to-the-public event on campus and we are invited! Josh Moss will give a talk on what’s been going at the ATLAS experiment at CERN.

Saturday Program at Mendocino Hall 1015

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Let’s Save Physics Teachers Some Money

If you were at our last meeting, you heard that we were going to change our dues structure.  Due to a generous annual donation from the Foothill College Physics Show, we will be able to reduce membership costs to in-the-trenches physics teachers.  We will no longer charge fees for our meetings, but will instead revert to a membership model.  When you attend a meeting, you will be required to pay a year’s worth of dues.  These will be set at $25, although if you register via the web we will discount to $20.  Membership covers two meetings (plus associated meals).

Here’s a quick FAQ:

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Helping out

Our section is “By physics teachers, for physics teachers.” All work is done by educators in our “spare time.” If you would like to help out, your work will be greatly appreciated, and there are many ways you can help. We can use help with:

  • Hosting Section Conferences (at your institution). We’ll help you do much of the work, but we need a contact at any institution to make the “ask” and be the main contact person.
  • Helping out at conferences. If you’d like to help set up signs, arrange tables and chairs, register people, get food, etc., we can always use another pair of hands.
  • Helping with the website. We try to add information about physics education events in Northern CA/NV, and you can be an author/editor by “cutting and pasting” from announcements.
  • Social networking. We have a presence on Facebook and Twitter, and we can expand to other websites if we get help.
  • Serving as an officer. Our officers are elected each spring, but you can serve as a “trainee” if you’d like to run, and our current officer in your favorite office will help you get a sense of what that office requires.
  • Etc, etc, etc. If you have a particular interest, we can probably find a way to have you do it.
Registration
Dennis and Bree register everyone

AAPT Conferences

You have four opportunities each year to attend an AAPT conference:

  • We hold a spring and fall section conference, usually in April and November. These are low-cost events, with no need to register in advance (although if you do, it helps us plan). You can always find information about our upcoming Section Conference here: http://ncnaapt.org/register (in some cases, if we don’t have our upcoming date and location set yet, you’ll see the most recent, passed, conference). Our Section Conferences usually have a brief Friday evening educational and social event, and a full-day Saturday event.
  • National AAPT holds a Winter and Summer Conference. The Winter Conference usually meets in early January, although sometimes a bit later. The Summer Conference is usually in late July.  You can find information about national conferences here: http://aapt.org/Conferences/ Summer Conferences are usually five days: Two weekend days (usually full of workshops) and the three following weekdays (including plenary speakers, poster sessions, and presentation sessions). Winter Conferences are usually four days: Two weekends and the following two weekdays.
  • Upcoming National Conferences include:
    • Sacramento: 16-20 July 2016
    • Atlanta: 18-21 February 2017
    • Cincinnati/Covington: 22-26 July 2017
    • San Diego: 6-9 January 2018
    • Washington DC: 28 July-August 2018

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