Our next meeting will be at the City College of San Francisco this November. There will be a social event on the night of the 14th followed by a full day on Saturday the 15th. Our keynote speaker will be Dennis Wingo of the ISEE-3 Reboot Team, a group of space enthusiasts who are attempting (with good progress) to revive a NASA space probe launched in 1978.
Registration is now open here.
Call for Posters is here
Our draft schedule is below the page-jump
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Today’s workshop on technology and equipment combined the best educational tech/software/equipment companies, PASCO and Vernier. About twenty educators gathered at St. Ignatius High School in San Francisco to see the best of the new as well as some classic demonstrations.
This Wednesday, February 26, at 7 pm, Alex Filippenko will give a free, richly illustrated, nontechnical talk on “Exploding Stars, New Planets, Black Holes, and the Crisis at Lick Observatory” in the Smithwick Theater at Foothill College, in Los Altos. Members of our section remember fondly his outstanding talk at our Section Meeting several years ago. Alex will also address the recent fiscal crisis at Lick Observatory that threatens its future.
Traffic gets somewhat heavy near campus around that time, so you might want to arrive early.
For more information about the lecture, see
Foothill College is just off the El Monte Road exit from Freeway 280 in Los Altos. For directions and parking information, see
For a campus map, see
Note that parking costs $3.
Registration is now open here. We encourage advanced registration; you can now pay online (including membership dues if you own them). With our new registration system, you can add one to three events to your “cart,” then check out in one step (yes, you need to add the free events in order to register for them–we need to know how many are coming).
We are polishing the details on our upcoming April Meeting. We will have events on Friday the 11th and Saturday the 12th. Friday will see a workshop by the two biggest names in the business plus a hotdog social, and Saturday will feature top-notch speakers David & Christine Vernier, Pascal Lee and Douglas Stone, all at the brand-new Exploratorium! Read more »
Here is a list of those who presented at Show at Tell on November 16, 2013. (We hope to have contact information for them soon.)
- David Kagan, CSU Chico
- Younes Ataiiyan, Santa Rosa JC
- Don Rathjen, Exploratorium
- Tom Woosnam, Crystal Springs Uplands School
- Jeff Jorgensen, Arroyo High School
- Laura Legé, American River/Sacramento State
- Philip Becker
- Harvey Barton, Lodi Academy
- Zeke Kossover, Jewish Community High School
- Dan Burns, Los Gatos High School
- Debbie Sater, California High, S.R.
- Dean Baird, Rio Amaicano
- Valerre Risk, Albany High School
- Kaushik Basu
- Ron Qian(questions on SAT)
- Lee Trampleasure, Carondelet High School, (smashing pumpkins)
- Rob Benn
- Phil Becker (UC a-g science approval)
We look forward to seeing you at our Fall 2013 Section conference. Below is the complete program. Read more »
The program for our Fall 2013 section conference is now available in PDF format. We should have a web page version up shortly, but here’s the PDF in the mean-time.
Map of locations:
View NCN AAPT at Carondelet High School in a larger map with key to locations.
Don’t forget, registration is encouraged (helps us plan for how many will attend), but not mandatory. Register here.
Invited Talk: “Changes in the Teaching of Introductory Physics at Stanford” Chaya Nanavati or Stanford University
Chaya discussed the existing structure that has an instructor that leads lectures and has Head TAs, Discussion TAs and Lab TAs that assist the smaller groups. Often we encounter several barriers to change: Administration or Colleagues are often resistant to change and need convincing, materials and time are necessary for change. She suggests using the already developed resources from Maryland University, Harvard, CU Boulder, etc. on group work and student-centered learning. Eric Mazur has lots of resources and evidence that interactive engagement increases the post-test gain on the Force Concept Inventory test. Read more »
Further updates and links to come… If you have any corrections please let the secretary know.
Tom Woosnam , Crystal Springs Uplands School
Tom discussed the Perimeter Institute; more information is available here: Perimeter Institute Catalogue (1)
Don Rathjen, Exploratorium Read more »