Save the Date: April 6, 2019

Our spring meeting will be at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. We look forward to seeing many of you there.

Photos of students engaging in physics activities.

As usual, Friday evening will have some sort of social and scientific gathering, and Saturday will be our main meeting with panel discussion(s), invited speakers, mini-workshop(s), a poster session, lunch, and the ever favorite Share and Tell.

KITP Physics Teachers’ Conference: Automating Insight; Feb 16, 2019

The machine learning algorithms that make self-driving cars, virtual personal assistants, and computer vision work are also changing how physicists investigate matter at the quantum level. In 2019, the annual Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP) Teachers’ Conference will give teachers an accessible introduction to the topic—no quantum mechanics or machine learning background needed! Then, in interactive lectures, they will hear world-class physicists explain how they are using machine learning tools in their research.

Automating Insight: Pushing the Frontier of Quantum Physics with Machine Learning will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at KITP, University of California, Santa Barbara. Join Dr. Miles Stoudenmire (Flatiron Institute) and physics educators from around the country for a look at how machine learning algorithms are advancing our understanding of physics. A description and logistical information is at  https://www.kitp.ucsb.edu/activities/machinet-c19.

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PTSOS 2018-19 is here!

PTSOS logoPhysics Teacher SOS (PTSOS) is once again offering its excellent workshops in the SF Bay Area. This year’s start on Saturday, September 15th, at Los Gatos High School in Los Gatos. Get complete details and sign up here.

PTSOS is a workshop and support program for new high and middle school physics teachers in Northern California. We offer 3 all-day Saturday workshops during the school year. In addition to learning about the details of the craft of physics teaching from experienced teachers, participants receive continental breakfast, lunch, and physics equipment for them to use in their classroom. The PTSOS program is recognized as one of the most effective programs for training and retaining new physics teachers.

Fall Meeting at Bellarmine (San Jose) Nov 9/10!

Our next meeting will be at Bellarmine College Prep in San Jose on November 9 and 10. We are pulling out all of the stops for this one! We’ve got two great invited speakers. In the morning we’ll have Carl Wieman, 2001 Nobel Prize winner, and the driving force behind the PhET simulations project.

In the afternoon we’ll feature Tracy Van Houten. She took a leave from NASA’sTracy Van Houten Jet Propulsion Laboratory to run for California’s 34th Congressional District, in an attempt to become the first woman engineer in Congress. She was showcased in this article from The Atlantic.  She spoke to us via Skype at a previous meeting, and we liked her so much we’re bringing her north.

To register, go to http://ncnaapt.org/event-registration?ee=43.  If your dues are current, you should have received an email giving you a free registration coupon code.  If not, then yearly dues are $20, which includes two meetings and a whole lot of food.  If you are interested, but have responsibilities around taking care of loved ones on Saturdays, we have mini-grants that help cover dependent care.  Read here for details: http://ncnaapt.org/archives/2948.  We will also have a lactation room available. Continue reading “Fall Meeting at Bellarmine (San Jose) Nov 9/10!”

Unrecognized/unknown equipment in your physics closet?

It’s summer, which means many of us will be moving into new schools, or cleaning out old ones. It’s not unusual to come across equipment that you have no idea how it is used (even for veteran teachers!). In light of that, we and PTSOS have created a new Twitter hashtag to use our collective wisdom to help identify unknown equipment:Twitter unkown equipment image

#unknonwnequipment

If you are on Twitter, feel free to ask and answer questions about equipment.

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 Continue reading “Spring Meeting – Mt. Diablo HS – April 28/29”

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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