Once again, the GLOBE community is invited to participate in the annual global sky observation known as GLOBE at Night. GLOBE at Night brings people outside to observe the constellation Orion from 16-28 March 2009. Participants simply choose a clear night on which stars are visible, take measurements of stars in this portion of the sky using GLOBE’s Magnitude Charts, and enter observations into the GLOBE at Night Web site. Students — alongside teachers, parents and community members– amass a data set from which they can begin to explore the concept of light pollution and to research the patterns of light pollution across the globe.
You can enter your observations on the GLOBE at Night Report web page from 16 March – 7 April.
Complete details at: www.globe.gov/GaN/
CJ Chretien has started a channel on YouTube for NCNAAPT members to share their favorite videos. Please visit www.youtube.com/ncnaapt to see videos and add your favorites.
Call for Videos
I am in the process of getting a YouTube channel going to promote NCNAAPT. Since there has been a few messages going around about video I thought I would put this out.
If you have any videos of demos that you have done and you want to have them put on the NCNAAPT YouTube channel send them my way. These do not have to be videos of anything out of this world; although those are great too. The idea is to create a resource for teachers to find demos that they can easily incorporate into their curriculum.
If you have a video that you want to share you can send me a link to the WWW or you can e-mail me a file. If you have a large file you might want to use www.megaupload.com or equivalent, which makes sending large files really easy and is free.
When I get the video I will put the NCNAAPT name and web address on the beginning and end and get it up on our channel.
If you want to keep up with the channel the link is www.youtube.com/ncnaapt, although there is nothing there as of now. Act fast and you could be the first video up there.
Email CJ at: groovitude AT gmail DOT com
ComPADRE is part of the National Digital Library concentrating on physics and physics teaching. Check it out. Make a bookmark. Tell your friends!
Here is a news article about the LHC. Cool pictures and background for your class.
The official site for the LHS is lhc.web.cern.ch/lhc/
The AAPT Online Career Center is now associated with the AIP, APS, and AVS Career Centers. You can submit a resumé free of charge on our site and your resumé is automatically entered into a searchable database to which employers have easy online access. Visit the AAPT Online Career Center at http://careers.aapt.org/search/.
Here is a flyer (400K, pdf) that describes the Career Center. You could give to the administrator at your school who is responsible for hiring new faculty.
Go Engineering! is the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)’s free, bi-weekly electronic newsletter that goes out to thousands of K–12 science and math educators across the country. Go Engineering! reaches into America’s classrooms to promote the importance of engineering and technology education and explores the many ways engineering and technology can help teachers meet the challenge of making mathematics and science come alive for students. Subscribe for free at http://www.engineeringk12.org.
Just in case you’ve never seen it, check out his YouTube debut doing the famous Bed of Nails Demo.
You can also see his Physics of Baseball spot.
Finally, the ultimate Rube Goldberg; if you haven’t seen this famous Honda ad, here is a URL: http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/honda.php.