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. Continue reading “AAPT Conferences”
In keeping up with the times, our theme is changing to make our website more “mobile-friendly.” This means those of you surfing on your cell phones will see our pages more cleanly. You may see other style changes in the months of April and May, but the content will remain the same.
PASCO is hosting our spring 2015 conference at their headquarters in Roseville. In addition to our usual amazing speakers, share and tell, and networking, we will also have the opportunity to see “behind the scenes” at PASCO and see some of their latest implements for our classrooms. We are also pleased to have Alex Filippenko, famed Berkeley astronomer/astrophysicist, as our keynote speaker.
Video of Alex Filippenko at TedXBerkeley
As usual, we will have a Friday evening social and brief program. PASCO will give a brief presentation on their history and some of their recent product developments (click the “View details” link below for more details).
Saturday will include a Poster Session (introduced with a great success at our conference last fall at CCSF), share and tell, discussion groups, our keynote speaker, and another option for tours of PASCO for those who couldn’t attend Friday evening (click the “View details” link below for more details). Lunch and breakfasty snacks are included with registration.
Our fall 2014 meeting will be at the City College of San Francisco this November. There will be a social event on the night of the 14th followed by a full day on Saturday the 15th. Our keynote speaker will be Dennis Wingo of the ISEE-3 Reboot Team, a group of space enthusiasts who are attempting (with good progress) to revive a NASA space probe launched in 1978.
If you are interested in planning your vacations around AAPT National Meeting/Conferences (or if you’d just like to attend), here are the upcoming dates and locations (note that in July 2016 it will be in our section!):