On September 1, 2017, Aurelia Long, Berkeley Articulation Officer, provided the update on policies concerning articulating to Cal’s Physics 7 series. Needless to say, it raised some concern. Continue reading “Berkeley 7 Series Articulation Issues”
Save the date, we’ll be at the City College of San Francisco for our fall conference. We’ll have a social event at the Mission Science Workshop on the evening of Friday, November 3, from 6-9 (your arrival and departure times are flexible). On Saturday the 4th, we’ll have our main event. Pre-registration has closed, dues will be $25 at the door.
The Saturday highlights include a Q&A with science author Mary Roach, San Jose State’s Brian Holmes on the Physics of Music, a memorial demo show honoring Paul Doherty and an expert panel on how to best serve our transgendered students. And, of course, there will be a poster session, lots of tacos and Share & Tell. Continue reading “We are at CCSF in November!”
It’s summer, which means many of us will be moving into new schools, or cleaning out old ones. It’s not unusual to come across equipment that you have no idea how it is used (even for veteran teachers!). In light of that, we and PTSOS have created a new Twitter hashtag to use our collective wisdom to help identify unknown equipment:
If you are on Twitter, feel free to ask and answer questions about equipment.
From the global march website:
The March for Science champions robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity. We unite as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for science that upholds the common good and for political leaders and policy makers to enact evidence based policies in the public interest. Continue reading “March for Science April 22, 2017, Washington DC and California”
We’ll be in Concord for our Spring Meeting!
Our keynote speaker is Jessie Dotson, project scientist for NASA’s K2 Mission. Pictured to the right, she’ll tell us about recent Kepler results. We’ll also have all of the other things that make our meetings so much fun, Share&Tell, a panel, workshops and we are bringing back the poster session. If you paid dues last Fall, registration is free (we’ll send you an email with a discount code), otherwise dues are $20 through Wednesday night, $25 at the door. Click here to register for the main event: http://ncnaapt.org/even
I’m very sad to report the daughter of one of our longtime members and contributors Dave Wall of City College of San Francisco, Elender Wall, passed away last Monday evening from complications of thyroid cancer. She was 47 years old. Dave was well-known for his demos that involved magic tricks, and years later his daughter Elender joined our ranks. Despite her musical training in voice at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, she degreed in physics and went on to edit and distribute Dave’s textbook Introductory Physics: A Problem-Solving Approach. Continue reading “In Memoriam – Elender Wall”
We are returning to Berkeley for our Fall meeting!
Friday October 21
For those that are driving in the night before, or folks who just like to hang out with other physics teachers, we’ve got some Friday night events. We’ll meet at 6 at Pyramids Restaurant: http://www.pyramidsrestaurantandgrill.com/. They feature Egyptian fare, but of course you can always get a burger. At 8 we’ll be at the telescopes at the Chabot Science Center: http://www.chabotspace.org/observatories.htm Continue reading “Fall Meeting is at Cal – October 21/22”
SAVE THE DATE – OUR NEXT MEETING IS April 29 at Mt. Diablo
Are you doing something that should be shared with other physics teachers? Will it take more time than the five-minute limit in Share-and-Tell? In that case, we’ll start the conference with our poster session, and you should present. Continue reading “Call for Presentations”
AN INVITATION TO PRESENT AND ATTEND
August 1-3, 2016 – City College of San Francisco-North Beach ChinaTown Campus
The Astronomy Teaching Summit (ATS) brings together dedicated astronomy and planetary sciences educators to share innovative teaching techniques and successful instructional strategies that increase students’ engagement, achievement, and motivation. Although the ATS is designed primarily for college professors teaching the introductory astronomy survey course (ASTRO 101), science teacher educators and high school teachers that touch on earth & space concepts, and outreach enthusiasts will find the talks and workshops valuable. The summit includes formal presentations, interactive workshops, and roundtable discussions all designed around astronomy teaching innovations. This is a great opportunity to upgrade your innovative teaching toolkit! Astronomy educators and outreach enthusiasts from all levels are invited to participate and submit proposals for presentations. Continue reading “Astronomy Teaching Summit at SF City College”
Our local high school teachers are encouraged to attend the 2nd annual AAPT High School Physics Teacher Camp. The camp will be held on Sunday, July 17, 2016, just prior to the AAPT Summer Meeting at the Rio Americano High School in Sacramento, California.
What: The camp is a self-organizing opportunity for teachers of high school physics classes to discuss topics such as inquiry labs, standards-based grading, video analysis, and computer–based labs. The registrants will determine the topics. There will also be an expectation to share something about your teaching with the group.