Category: Events and speakers

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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Talk on Science and Turmoil at Lick Observatory Wednesday, Feb 26, at Foothill College

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
http://www.foothill.edu/news/newsfmt.php?sr=2&rec_id=3270 .

Foothill College is just off the El Monte Road exit from Freeway 280 in Los Altos. For directions and parking information, see
http://www.foothill.edu/news/transportation.php .

For a campus map, see
http://www.foothill.edu/news/maps.php .

Note that parking costs $3.

Come to Our Spring Meeting! April 11 & 12, 2014

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 »

Fall 2013 Group Photo

Click on the photo to see it full size.Group photo, Fall 2013

Show and Tell at Fall 2013 conference at Carondelet

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.)

  1. David Kagan, CSU Chico
  2. Younes Ataiiyan, Santa Rosa JC
  3. Don Rathjen, Exploratorium
  4. Tom Woosnam, Crystal Springs Uplands School
  5. Jeff Jorgensen, Arroyo High School
  6. Laura Legé, American River/Sacramento State
  7. Philip Becker
  8. Harvey Barton, Lodi Academy
  9. Zeke  Kossover, Jewish Community High School
  10. Dan Burns, Los Gatos High School
  11. Debbie Sater, California High, S.R.
  12. Dean Baird, Rio Amaicano
  13. Valerre Risk, Albany High School
  14. Kaushik Basu
  15. Ron Qian(questions on SAT)
  16. Lee Trampleasure, Carondelet High School, (smashing pumpkins)
  17. Rob Benn
  18. Phil Becker (UC a-g science approval)

Detailed program for November 2013 Conference at Carondelet High School

We look forward to seeing you at our Fall 2013 Section conference. Below is the complete program. Read more »

Program for November 15-16 2013 conference at Carondelet HS

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.

Call for Papers and Presentations at Fall Mini-Conference at Carondelet HS (Concord, CA)

Our fall 2013 NCN AAPT Section mini-conference will be held at Carondelet High School, in Concord, CA, on November 15th and 16th. Submissions for papers and presentations are now being taken; please submit your request here.

Save the Date: November 15-16 NCN AAPT mini-conference

We have firmed up a date for our Section’s fall meeting/conference.

The main event is Saturday, November 16, 2013, at Carondelet High School in Concord, CA. Friday evening we will have some sort of event and social (details to be worked out).

Nearby lodging is available for our distant members, there is plenty of free parking, and Carondelet can be accessed by public transit.

Watch here for more details, including how to sign up to give a presentation! We hope to announce this no later than early September.

Spring 2013 Morning Invited Talks

Invited Talk: “Changes in the Teaching of Introductory Physics at Stanford” Chaya Nanavati or Stanford University

Chaya diChayascussed 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 »

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