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.
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 »
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!):
- Winter 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 »
The next PTSOS meeting will be on August 23 at Los Gatos High School from 9 to 4.
Our format is informal, flexible, and friendly. We like to think that everyone leaves the workshop with something they can use right away in their classrooms. Most of the teachers who attend teach regular high-school physics, but we also see many AP Physics teachers, college physics teachers, junior-high physical-science teachers, and even math, chemistry, and biology teachers.
Thanks to our generous benefactors (especially the Karl Brown family), the workshop is free, including a free, onsite lunch and coffee and doughnuts. Read more »
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 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 »
EINSTEINPLUS is a one-week intensive workshop for Canadian and international high school teachers that focuses on modern physics including quantum physics, special relativity, and cosmology. EINSTEINPLUS also provides unique opportunities to learn some of the latest developments in physics from expert researchers at the forefront of human knowledge, enjoy lab tours and take part in social events with like-minded teachers from around the globe.
WHEN AND WHERE?
July 6-12th 2014 at Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Ontario Canada.
Complete information here (PDF)
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.
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.
Here is a copy that will print out nicely as a 4″ x 6″ photo (click the photo to get the print size):
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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 »