Registration is now open for fall 2014 meeting/conference at SF City College

ISEE-3 Reboot Project logoOur 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.

Details for our Friday events will be posted by early September.

Registration for Saturday is now open here.

Call for presentations/papers will open soon. Read more »

App Share-a-thon from AAPT in Minneapolis

apps presented at Share-a-thon

The following links are in the order they were presented.

Error Calc screenshot

Error Calc screenshot from an iPhone

  • Tom Huber. Personal iPhone app; ErrorCalc website
  • Frequency Meter Pro; Analyzes frequency of sounds ($1.99 iOS, $3.66 Android)
  • Decibal 10th (decibal meter) (Free)
  • Ripple Tank (Free and $5.99 versions)
  • Sensor Log; accesses and displays all iPhone/pad sensors; can record data as .csv that can easily be analyzed in a spreadsheet. App allows for higher frequency than device actually collects, so be careful that you’re not collecting “junk” between phone collections. (iOS and Android versions available) Read more »

AAPT National meetings through February 2017

If you are interested in planning your vacations around AAPT National Meeting/Conferences (or if you’d just like to attend), here are the upcoming dates and locations (note that in July 2016 it will be in our section!):

  • AAPT logoWinter 2015: San Diego, 3-6 Jan 2015
  • Summer 2015: College Park, Md, 25-29 Jul 2015
  • Winter 2016: New Orleans, 9-12 Jan 2016
  • Summer 2016: Sacramento, 16-20 July 2016
  • Winter 2017: Atlanta, 18-21 Feb 2017

Note that Winter Meetings are now four days, and Summer Meetings are five days. The first two days of summer meetings are generally workshops; for the Winter Meetings the workshops have been limited to one-and-a-half days. Read more »

Photo gallery from Exploratorium April 12, 2014

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Group Photo Exploratorium April 12, 2014

NCNAAPT Group photo

Click on photo for a printable version.

You want tech in your classroom? We have both flavors…

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.

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In memoriam: Bill Papke

One of our longtime members passed away recently, Bill Papke. Read more »

Lick Observatory on budget chopping block

Lick ObservatoryLast month something near and dear to many of us — Lick Observatory perched atop Mt. Hamilton in hills of east San Jose — was placed on the UC’s chopping block. From the KQED article (linked below):

On top of Mount Hamilton, east of San Jose, the Lick Observatory is home to the oldest professional telescope in California. Read more »

“What is color?” The 2014 Flame Challenge

The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University is challenging scientists to take part in the 2014 Flame Challenge and answer a vibrant question asked by 11-year-olds from around the country:

What is Color?

The Flame Challenge is an international contest started by Alan Alda that asks scientists to communicate complex science in ways that would interest and enlighten an 11-year-old.

If you are a scientist, or a teacher of 11 year olds, join the fun!

The Flame Challenge

Forces and Interactions: NGSS for Physics and Physical Science Teachers

This is not exactly in our backyard, but worth two weeks if  you can make it.

June 16-27, 2014        M-F         9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

The Physics department at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls and the American Association of Physics Teachers’ PTRA program have provided in service teachers with high quality, in depth, and useful educational experiences for nearly 30 years.  Read more »

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