You are invited to attend Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL) Teacher Research Academy (TRA). TRA offers middle- and high-school science teachers unique professional development experiences. TRA provides teachers a continuum of standards-based instruction divided into four separate workshops, or Levels. Teachers taking the four Levels can progress from novice to mastery in three exciting scientific disciplines:
- Energy Technologies and the Environment
- Fusion and Astrophysics
Details about the programs are available on our web site: http://education.llnl.gov/academies
Earn a Master of Science Degree:
Participation in the TRA program can lead to a Master of Science in Education degree from California State University East Bay, or extension
June 22 – Level – 1 – Three days of instruction. The skills and knowledge consistent with the requirements to teach advanced middle and high school science
July 6 – Level – 2 – Five days of instruction. The skills and knowledge taught are consistent with the requirements to teach advanced placement and college preparatory courses.
July 13 – Level – 3 – Five days of instruction preparing teachers to work in a mentored research experience.
June 15 – Level 4 – Six-week mentored research experience. Teachers receive $4,000 when they complete the internship. Prerequisite for an internship is completion of Levels 1, 2 and 3.
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA.
Register on-line at http://education.llnl.gov/academies
$15.00 for each program.
WHAT TEACHERS GET:
- Increased understanding of science and technology.
- Experience using scientific equipment to perform standards aligned experiments.
- Preparation to guide student research projects.
- Instruction binder with classroom activities.
GRADUATE OR EXTENSION CREDIT:
Participants in the Teacher Research Academy can earn graduate course credit through the California State University (CSU) East Bay toward a Master of Science in Education degree, Curriculum Option, or extension credit.
Manager, Science Education Program
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
P.O. Box 808, L-797
Livermore, CA 94551
Student COSMOS summer program
It’s time for talented teens to apply for COSMOS, a math and science summer program.
Students that love math and science and do well in them have a chance to spend four weeks at UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Santa Cruz, or UC San Diego this summer learning about astronomy, biomedical sciences, engineering, computer game design, robotics and more.
The California State Summer School for Mathematics & Science (COSMOS) is a four-week residential program for talented and motivated students who are completing grades 8-12. Students work side-by-side with outstanding university researchers and faculty exploring advanced topics that extend beyond the typical high school curriculum. COSMOS courses are hands-on and lab intensive emphasizing current research underway at the Universities of California.
Students are invited to apply to one of the four campus programs. The application must be completed online at http://www.ucop.edu/cosmos by March 15.
Our flyer can be downloaded at:
Teacher Fellow Opportunity:
In addition to the student applications, some of the campuses are now in the process of identifying teachers to participate as a COSMOS Teacher Fellow. Each Fellow works with a team of university faculty to implement the academic portion of COSMOS. The commitment would be to participate in all classroom and laboratory work as well as field trips, typically a Monday Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. It is a paid position, but housing is not provided. As an added bonus, we have graciously been giving funds to provide our Teacher Fellows with grants to purchase materials and equipment to help enhance teaching in their own personal classrooms. Deadlines are rapidly approaching. Please visit our website for more information.
The California State Summer School For Mathematics & Science (COSMOS)
University of California
Office of the President
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!
Dean also links to a movie he took of a water balloon popping. It’s from the relatively new Casio Exilim EX-F1. It’s a still camera that will let you capture motion at really high speeds.
Click the image at right to see a smaller (1 MB, QuickTime) version of Dean’s movie.
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/
If you teach undergraduates, consider the NSF-sponsored Chautauqua course from David Sokoloff and his colleagues. It’s called “Using Research-Based Curricula and Tools to Promote Active Learning in Introductory Courses.” Whew. Learn more at http://uoregon.edu/~sokoloff/chaut1.htm.