Here’s our group photo from Saturday, November 15, 2015 at Sacramento State (click it for full-size):
Sixty-six folks in the photo.
In reflecting on our keynote speaker’s presentation, there are 22 women in the photo: 33%. We may be ahead of the physics average, but still have work to do.
Maps and carpool info are at the bottom of the page.
Draft Schedule (Subject to Revision)
Friday Evening Program
We will meet for food and socializing, at Sacramento State’s University Union.
SPS Event – Josh Moss on Recent Discoveries at Atlas
Sac State’s SPS chapter is hosting a free-to-the-public event on campus and we are invited! Josh Moss will give a talk on what’s been going at the ATLAS experiment at CERN.
Saturday Program at Mendocino Hall 1015
Continue reading Fall Conference – Nov. 13/14, 2015 @ Sacramento State University
SAVE THE DATE – OUR NEXT MEETING IS APRIL 23!
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 either a poster, presentation or workshop. We’ll start the conference with our poster session, and close with contributed talks. Continue reading Call for Posters/Presentations/Workshops
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:
Stepping into NGSS.
You can see the latest developments for the Pluto Hew Horizons mission. Their most recent tweets appear below (they make take a few seconds to appear, and you can scroll down to see older ones).
If you were at our last meeting, you heard that we were going to change our dues structure. Due to a generous annual donation from the Foothill College Physics Show, we will be able to reduce membership costs to in-the-trenches physics teachers. We will no longer charge fees for our meetings, but will instead revert to a membership model. When you attend a meeting, you will be required to pay a year’s worth of dues. These will be set at $25, although if you register via the web we will discount to $20. Membership covers two meetings (plus associated meals).
Here’s a quick FAQ:
Continue reading Let’s Save Physics Teachers Some Money
Message from National AAPT:
With the Early Bird Registration Deadline just over 2 weeks away (May 28th), we hope you will take a few minutes to discover how attending the 2015 AAPT Summer Meeting can improve your career. Continue reading Early Bird Pricing ends in two weeks
I’m John Boyce, Education Director at iFLY SF Bay. I’m in charge of iFLY’s STEM education program, and I use a 1000 horsepower vertical wind tunnel as a classroom and laboratory. This unique invention provides airflows approaching 48 million standard liters/minute, at true airspeeds up to 200 mph (90 m/s). Continue reading iFly SF Bay educator open house
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There are 66 heads in this photo, and probably a few came late or left early, so our total attendance was about 70.
If you’re a high school teacher looking to collaborate with other physics teachers with an open agenda, you may want to attend AAPT this summer. Kelly O’Shea is one of the organizers, and here’s her review of it:
“How great would it be to have a day at AAPT that was designed to be totally collaborative and interactive? Where you could decide on that day what you were excited to share with other high school physics teachers? Where you had time and space to work together on a new idea?
Pretty great, right? Yes, amazingly great. And how about if it only cost $20 to attend? And if that included food for breakfast and lunch?”
Continue reading AAPT High School Physics Teacher Camp this summer