AAPT National’s Summer 2016 Meeting is being held in our backyard, at the Sacramento Convention Center with workshops at Sacramento State University.
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.
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”
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:
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:
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”
Our section is “By physics teachers, for physics teachers.” All work is done by educators in our “spare time.” If you would like to help out, your work will be greatly appreciated, and there are many ways you can help. We can use help with:
- Hosting Section Conferences (at your institution). We’ll help you do much of the work, but we need a contact at any institution to make the “ask” and be the main contact person.
- Helping out at conferences. If you’d like to help set up signs, arrange tables and chairs, register people, get food, etc., we can always use another pair of hands.
- Helping with the website. We try to add information about physics education events in Northern CA/NV, and you can be an author/editor by “cutting and pasting” from announcements.
- Social networking. We have a presence on Facebook and Twitter, and we can expand to other websites if we get help.
- Serving as an officer. Our officers are elected each spring, but you can serve as a “trainee” if you’d like to run, and our current officer in your favorite office will help you get a sense of what that office requires.
- Etc, etc, etc. If you have a particular interest, we can probably find a way to have you do it.