Call for Posters

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.

Excellent resources on NGSS

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.

NGSS: For states, by states

Pluto New Horizon Mission Tweets

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).

Let’s Save Physics Teachers Some Money

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:

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Helping out

Registration

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.
Registration
Dennis and Bree register everyone

AAPT Conferences

You have four opportunities each year to attend an AAPT conference:

  • We hold a spring and fall section conference, usually in April and November. These are low-cost events, with no need to register in advance (although if you do, it helps us plan). You can always find information about our upcoming Section Conference here: http://ncnaapt.org/register (in some cases, if we don’t have our upcoming date and location set yet, you’ll see the most recent, passed, conference). Our Section Conferences usually have a brief Friday evening educational and social event, and a full-day Saturday event.
  • National AAPT holds a Winter and Summer Conference. The Winter Conference usually meets in early January, although sometimes a bit later. The Summer Conference is usually in late July.  You can find information about national conferences here: http://aapt.org/Conferences/ Summer Conferences are usually five days: Two weekend days (usually full of workshops) and the three following weekdays (including plenary speakers, poster sessions, and presentation sessions). Winter Conferences are usually four days: Two weekends and the following two weekdays.
  • Upcoming National Conferences include:

April 2014 at Exploratorium IMG_9485

AAPT High School Physics Teacher Camp this summer

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?
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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?”

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