If you are interested in attending a Modeling Instruction workshop this summer, there are still openings in some based in California. If none of these fit your schedule, you can find more at modelinginstruction.org/workshops Continue reading “Modeling Instruction workshops in California this summer”
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.
We’ll be back at Foothill in April!
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 a poster. We’ll start the conference with our poster session, and have another go at them during lunch.
In order to encourage people to contribute posters, we will print 3×2 posters at a subsidized rate, free for K-12 teachers and grad students, and $25 for college and university professors. These posters should be submitted as PDF files, and this offer has a deadline of October 30. Once your abstract is registered, you will be emailed additional instructions.
What topics can be covered? Anything that tickles your fancy as a physics teacher that you think will help our community. This could be a neat experiment, original research, cool projects for your students, a report-back from a field trip that worked, an innovative way to approach grading, or anything else that you would like to share with fellow teachers.
But what if you’ve never done a poster? Here are some templates plus a sample poster:
Here are some more links that might help get you started:
- AAPT National poster guidelines (we will approximately follow these)
- Scientific Posters (Leonhard Center, Penn State)
- The Basics of Poster Design (Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium)
- Designing conference posters (Collin Purrington)
- Better Poster: A design brief for conference poster (Better Posters)
At the end of the day, don’t get too caught up on how pretty or ugly the poster looks, we want to hear your ideas!
For those printing out their own posters, let’s max out at roughly four feet by four feet.
Val Monticue, our very own Secretary, continues to contribute to our deeper understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Her website is full of resources, and her goal is “to introduce teachers to the pros while mitigating the cons as much as possible.” We encourage you to visit her site:
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”
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?
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?”
There are hands-on Vernier workshops coming to our area, and seats are still available.
Data-collection Workshop in Santa Clara, CA
- Monday, April 27, 2015
- 4:00 – 8:00 PM
- Santa Clara Marriott
2700 Mission College Blvd.
Santa Clara, CA 95054
- Details and registration »
Data-collection Workshop in San Francisco, CA
- Tuesday, April 28, 2015
- 4:00 – 8:00 PM
- Courtyard San Francisco
299 2nd Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
- Details and registration »
Join us to learn how to integrate our data-collection technology into your science curriculum. You will have the opportunity to explore our award-winning sensor interface, the Vernier LabQuest.
Vernier Software & Technology
PS. Our local Vernier contact is long-time NCN AAPT member Clarence Bakken, who you can reach at firstname.lastname@example.org
Some spaces still remain in University of Oregon’s June 18-20 short course on active learning in physics, “Active Learning in Introductory Physics Courses: Research-Based Strategies that Improve Student Learning.“
Chautauqua Short Course
Professor of Physics, University of Oregon
Way Past President, American Association of Physics Teachers (2011)
You and your students are cordially invited to the 2015 The Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC) Open House on Stanford campus.
Talks, Movie of the Universe, Planetarium Dome, Sun and Stargazing and much more.
Free hot dogs, snacks and beverages and raffle drawing for a chance to win great prizes.
Saturday, April 11, 2015, 5:00pm – 10:00pm Continue reading “2015 The Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC) Open House”