I want to be sure your teachers are aware of a very unique opportunity to increase their understanding of content in physical science and physics. Professional development master teachers with the American Association of Physics Teachers will be in your area July 15-16, 2016 and would like to invite your teachers to join them in a stimulating, fun, and content focused professional development at the PASCO facility. Each day will focus on specific topics aligned with the California standards and we promise your teachers will be engaged and learn something new. One day will focus on elementary physical science and the second day will focus on higher-level physics and physical science.
You can see more photos here: https://m.flickr.com/#/photos/ncnaapt/sets/72157667433415116/
Following is a map showing registrants as of Tuesday, April 19th.
We’ll be back at Foothill in April!
Each month we will spotlight a NCNAAPT member. Each member will be asked a few questions about their involvement in the section to showcase the many benefits of their membership.
Our inaugural Member Spotlight educator is Valerie Risk, who has been teaching for 5 years. She currently teaches Physics and AP Physics at Albany High School in Albany, CA.
– How long have you been a member of NCNAAPT?
I’ve been a member of NCAAPT since 2011. That was the year Richard Muller gave the keynote address for the NCAAPT meeting at UC Berkeley. Continue reading January Member Spotlight: Valerie Risk
Saturday, July 16 – Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Whether you’ve never been to a National meeting, or are a regular attendee, this is a great opportunity to attend with lower travel costs. One day will be a “High School” day, with a lower registration fee for teachers who wish to only attend that day (although we encourage you to attend all days!)
Information can be found here:
- Meeting home page (registration is not up yet, but will appear on this page when it is).
- Abstract submission page. You can either give an eight minute talk, or present a poster at one of the poster sessions. Share your knowledge with others (and remember, some of the ‘posters’ are just presentation slides printed out on 8.5×11 paper–it’s the content that is important, not the style).
If you’d like to help out, there will likely be opportunities to volunteer. Please complete the form below and we’ll get in touch with you.
Maps and carpool info are at the bottom of the page.
Draft Schedule (Subject to Revision)
Friday Evening Program
Saturday Program at Mendocino Hall 1015
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, please sign up to present a poster. We’ll start the conference with our poster session, and have another go at them during lunch.
In order to encourage people to contribute posters, we will print 3×2 posters at a subsidized rate, free for K-12 teachers and grad students, and $25 for college and university professors. These posters should be submitted as PDF files, and this offer has a deadline of October 30. Once your abstract is registered, you will be emailed additional instructions.
What topics can be covered? Anything that tickles your fancy as a physics teacher that you think will help our community. This could be a neat experiment, original research, cool projects for your students, a report-back from a field trip that worked, an innovative way to approach grading, or anything else that you would like to share with fellow teachers.
But what if you’ve never done a poster? Here are some templates plus a sample poster:
Here are some more links that might help get you started:
- AAPT National poster guidelines (we will approximately follow these)
- Scientific Posters (Leonhard Center, Penn State)
- The Basics of Poster Design (Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium)
- Designing conference posters (Collin Purrington)
- Better Poster: A design brief for conference poster (Better Posters)
At the end of the day, don’t get too caught up on how pretty or ugly the poster looks, we want to hear your ideas!
For those printing out their own posters, let’s max out at roughly four feet by four feet.
Val Monticue, our very own Secretary, continues to contribute to our deeper understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Her website is full of resources, and her goal is “to introduce teachers to the pros while mitigating the cons as much as possible.” We encourage you to visit her site: