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→
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.”
AAPT 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).
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.
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).
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.
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
The American Association of Physics Teachers, Northern California/Nevada Section