Modeling Workshops in high school physics, chemistry, and/or physical science will be held in summer 2009 in Arizona, California, Miami FL, Kansas, Maine, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Philadelphia PA, Pittsburgh PA, Tennessee, Dallas TX, and Wisconsin. Pending funding, also in Columbus
GA, Chicago, New Orleans, and Kansas City MO.
Visit http://modeling.asu.edu/MW_nation.html for details.
Modeling Workshops are peer-led. Modeling Instruction is the only high
school science program recognized by the U.S. Dept. of Education as EXEMPLARY. Stipends and/or free tuition are available for in-state teachers at most sites.
Teachers greatly value Modeling Instruction. Modelers from all over the nation wrote:
- In the one year that I have been modeling, I have seen wonderful results.
- I love the modeling physics program and want to cheer for the difference I saw in the understanding of my students when I implemented the Mechanics materials for the first time last year!
- Modeling has changed the fundamental way I teach. I believe eventually, maybe even in our lifetimes, all science will be taught this way.
- We have had 3 physics teachers and 5 chemistry teachers enhance their professional development at your ASU modeling workshops. Modeling has made a world of difference in our science courses.
Jane Jackson, Co-Director, Modeling Instruction Program
Box 871504, Dept. of Physics, ASU, Tempe, AZ 85287
For 17 years, the Modeling Instruction Program has been helping teachers attain knowledge and skills needed to benefit their students. Modeling Instruction is designated as an Exemplary K-12 science program by the U.S. Department of Education.
Physics Teacher SOS spring 2009 workshops:
Electricity, Magnetism, and Light: “Come See the Light”
March 7, 2009: Rio Americano High School (Sacramento area); Dean Baird & Steve Keith. Rio Americano HS Campus Map (PDF).
March 14, 2009: San Mateo High School (SF Peninsula); Paul Robinson & Dan Burns.
Complete workshops descriptions and registration information at PTSOS.org.
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!
We’re excited to announce that PASCO will host our spring 2009 meeting at their facilities in Roseville, CA. The date of the meeting is Saturday, March 28, 2009. Mark your calendars!
In addition to great presentations by PASCO (not strictly focused on their equipment), we’ll also offer our ever popular Show ‘n’ Tell–everyone is invited to bring a five minute presentation of your favorite lab, handout, website, or other teaching resource.
More details will be posted here shortly.
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Over the years, the Modeling Instruction program at Arizona State has created materials and a pedagogical approach that focuses on (and seems to get) deep student understanding of basic physics concepts. And they’re branching out into other disciplines.
It takes a commitment of time, energy, and possibly a willingness to be in Phoenix for a few weeks in the summer, but it’s worth learning more. Visit http://modeling.asu.edu for more background.
Their national workshop list is at http://modeling.asu.edu/MW_nation.html.
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.