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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 through Wednesday night, $25 at the door. Click here to register for the main event: http://ncnaapt.org/event-registration?ee=39

A tentative schedule of events:

Friday Night Social

Meet us at Mt. Diablo HS for a viewing of Hidden Figures, some pizza, soft drinks 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.  Food courtesy of Paul Robinson.

 

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)
Posters will be on display prior to Share & Tell.
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, will hear from our Treasurer and Section Rep. and  we’ll present our teaching award!

 

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
Yes, 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.
2:15 “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
We 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

 

 

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

AAPT High School Physics Teacher Camp near Sacramento this summer

Our local high school teachers are encouraged to attend the 2nd annual AAPT High School Physics Teacher Camp. The camp will be held on Sunday, July 17, 2016, just prior to the AAPT Summer Meeting at the Rio Americano High School in Sacramento, California.
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What:  The camp is a self-organizing opportunity for teachers of high school physics classes to discuss topics such as inquiry labs, standards-based grading, video analysis, and computer–based labs. The registrants will determine the topics. There will also be an expectation to share something about your teaching with the group.

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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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Call for Posters/Presentations/Workshops

 

SAVE THE DATE – OUR NEXT MEETING IS APRIL 23!

Are you doing something that should be shared with other physics teachers?  Will it take more time than the five-minute limit in Share-and-Tell?  In that case, please sign up to present either a poster, presentation or workshop.  We’ll start the conference with our poster session, and close with contributed talks. Continue reading Call for Posters/Presentations/Workshops

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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