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  • 25 May 2017 1:17 PM | Anonymous

    Get Your Graph On !

    When: Wednesday June 28, 2017   9:00 am - noon

    Where: Rowan University, Science Hall, Room 134    Glassboro, NJ


    High school students learn graphing and equations in math class.  But transferring and applying that knowledge into Physics class can be troublesome, since Physics uses variables, equations, and graphical analysis somewhat differently than students see in math class.

    Graphing is one of several important multiple representations that can help students understand what is happening in Physics.  A solid foundation in understanding graphs will help students in both Math and Science, and related courses.

    In this workshop, graphing techniques and analysis for Introductory Physics students (grades 9-12) will be demonstrated and discussed, along with common errors and misconceptions that students have.  Classroom and lab activities will be provided.

    Note:  this is a “low-tech” workshop focusing mainly on teaching graphing techniques, analysis, and students’ areas of difficulty.  If there is interest, there can be a future follow-up workshop on using technology in graphing, as well as more advanced graphing concepts.   We will survey participants at the workshop to see the level of interest.

    Bring a Math Colleague!  For this workshop, Physics teachers can bring a Math teacher colleague along to the workshop!  This will give an opportunity for you to coordinate instruction in both areas, and to discuss areas of commonality and differences in math/science courses, to support student learning in both.  If you bring a Math colleague, they do not have to join NJAAPT, but there is still a cost to attend the workshop as your guest.  (add them as a guest to your registration).

    All participants will receive a Professional Development certificate.

    There will be dynamic discussions and you will have materials well before school starts in September, to incorporate in your teaching!

    Cost:   $20 per person

    Space is limited for this workshop!  Register early!

    "I'll do algebra, I'll do trig, and I'll even do statistics, but graphing is where I draw the line."

    Date:         Wednesday June 28, 2017

    Check-in:  8:30-9:00 am   Coffee/bagels, etc. will be served. 

    Workshop:  9:00 am - noon

    Location:  Rowan University,  Science Hall Room 134,   Glassboro, NJ

    Cost:  $20 per person

    Parking:  Will update registrants on where to park on campus.

  • 25 May 2017 1:16 PM | Anonymous

    Adding Inquiry to Physics First

    When:  Sat June 3, 2017  9:00 am - noon

                Check-in:  8:30-9:00 am, Coffee, etc. will be served.

    Where: Randolph High School, Room B221,  Randolph, NJ


    Are you teaching "physics first" for the first time?

    Are you interested in applying more accessible, inquiry-based activities or performance tasks into your curriculum?

    More schools are switching to physics first and the AAPT argues a demand for "development of materials and pedagogy appropriate to the mathematical preparation and cognitive development of Physics First students." Come to this workshop to get some ideas and network with other physics first teachers.

    Note:  Non-members can join NJAAPT ($11/yr or $26/ 3 yr), and then register for the workshop.

  • 06 Apr 2017 9:10 PM | Anonymous

    "Kitchen Physics: Using the power of nano to turn pencils into electronic devices using only things found at home"

    2 P.M., Saturday April 22, 2017

    Physics Lecture Hall, Busch Campus, Rutgers University

    Info:    Ironsflyer 4-22-17.pdf

    Rutgers campus map can be found on NJAAPT website, under "Events" / "Directions to NJAAPT events"

  • 12 Jan 2017 6:09 PM | Anonymous

    SEPS-AAPT Make and Take-Spring 2017 Workshop--Electricity and Magnetism


    Make and Take #2

    AAPT-SEPS Spring 2017 Workshop     (SEPS = Southeast Pennsylvania Section)

    Presenters:  Jay Bagley and Bill Berner AAPT/SEP will hold its second Make and Take workshop at LaSalle on February 11, 2017. 

    Come and explore new ways of teaching Electricity and Magnetism!

    Create materials that you can use in your classroom the next day!

    As always, there will be giveaways such as: steel magnets, revolutions, magnetic chips, pairs of magneto-ids, the world simplest motor and more.   We will share our choices for great E/M apps.  Participants are also encouraged to share their apps, so bring your tablets and smart devices!  

    This workshop is supported by AAPT-SEPS, the Bauder Fund and a PRNP NSF grant.   This session is limited to 20 participants.

    Breakfast and Registration begin at 8:30 am in the lobby of Holroyd Hall.

    Free Parking in Lot D


    $10      AAPT-SEPS (to renew membership)

    $10      non-SEPS members (donated to PTRA)

    Free     Noyce Scholars, current AAPT-SEPS members

    *Collected at the time of registration

  • 18 Nov 2016 6:00 PM | Anonymous

    You are all invited...

    WHAT: 19th Annual Rutgers Faraday Holiday Children’s Lecture

    WHEN: Friday, Dec. 9th, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ; Saturday, Dec. 10th, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ; and Sunday, Dec. 11th, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ; pre-show science demos in the PLH atrium start 1 hour before the start of each show.

    WHERE: Physics Lecture Hall, 120 Frelinghuysen Road, Busch Campus, Piscataway    (Note:  see directions under "Events" heading on NJAAPT website).

    BACKGROUND: The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Rutgers University will present its ever-popular, spectacular holiday show – the annual Faraday Holiday Children’s Lecture. Designed to dazzle and capture the imaginations of young and old alike, the demonstrations feature such spectacles as real flowers frozen to the point where they shatter like glass, exploding hydrogen balloons, a person lying on a bed of nails and a fire extinguisher used to rocket a person across the room.

    The shows are based on the tradition of famous British physicist Michael Faraday, whose work in the early 1800s laid the foundation for the electric motor and electrical generation. His Children’s Christmas Lectures at London’s Royal Institution, which continue today, were designed to communicate to youngsters the excitement of scientific discovery during a season of joy and celebration.

    Rutgers’ version is produced by Mark Croft, a physics professor in the School of Arts and Sciences, and physics support specialist Dave Maiullo. The demonstrations they will present are routinely used in university physics courses not just to inform students but also with an eye toward humor, exciting the imagination and emphasizing the fun in science.

    The shows are open to the public and free of charge. Early arrival is advised to ensure seating. Parking is free, no passes required.  Overflow seating will be available in a nearby classroom with a video link to the show. Further information, including images from past performances, driving directions and weather-related rescheduling, can be viewed at:


    Further questions?


    Dave Maiullo at 848-445-9081 or maiullo@physics.rutgers.edu.

    More info below  (11/30/2016)

    The  19'th Annual Rutgers Faraday Children's Lecture     

    (3 identical shows ~1 hr. 30 min. length + 1 hr pre show lobby demos)

    Fri. Dec 9, 2016 pre-show demos in lobby from 6 PM, show 7:00-8:30 PM. [Show in evening.]

    Sat. Dec 10, 2016 pre-show demos in lobby from 2 PM, show 3:00-4:30 PM. [Show in afternoon.]

    Sun. Dec 11, 2016 pre-show demos in lobby from noon, show 1:00-2:30 PM. [Show in afternoon.]

    Note 1:
     Overflow seating will be accommodated via an Internet TV link to an adjacent classroom.

                   [Subject to University support availability]
    We anticipate real time YouTube streaming for Internet access.  [Subject to University support availability]
    The live streaming link for this year’s shows will be released at a later date.
    However, a previous show is available at the link below:

    At the Physics Lecture Hall: 136 Frelinghuysen Road Busch Campus in Piscataway 
    For Directions to Physics Lecture Hall see 

    For updates (including snow/ice storm reschedules) see the Faraday Lecture Web page 

    2.)  Additional inquiries contact Mark Croft: croft@physics.rutgers.edu 

    3.) The core lecture will be similar to the past and some of the potential demos (along with supporting pictures etc.) can be found at 
    A more extensive under-construction video and explanation collection can be found at

    4.) A printable .pdf file announcement for posting can be found at

  • 06 Nov 2016 4:06 PM | Anonymous

    Friday Nov 11, 2016   7:00 pm Exhibits,  7:30 Lecture,  8:30  Reception Physics Lecture Hall   Busch Campus    Rutgers University                                   Free parking in lot 53A

    Kam Biu Luk, from University of California- Berkely, will give a public lecture about advances in the study of neutrino oscillations.

    Kam Biu Luk Neutrinos 2016.pdf
  • 06 Nov 2016 4:04 PM | Anonymous

    To see some photos of Holiday treats, click here.


    It's a party!  It's a demo show! You can earn 4 participation hours.

    This year, our annual Holiday Treats event will be held in Princeton University (Jadwin Hall, room A-10)  on December 3rd, starting at 6PM.  Park in Lot 25 or 5, near the Stadium.
    For a campus map, see "Events" tab at the top of the NJAAPT site.

    You must be a paid up member to register.

    Just go to our website, https://njaapt.wildapricot.org/  and login.  Once you login you will see more information and  the link to sign up.

    If you are a paid up member then attendance is free, including refreshments. 

    All members will have a chance to win prizes in our Doorprize Auction.  All teachers will earn participation hours for the event.

    If, in addition,  you want to leave with a big box filled with cool things to help you with your physics teaching, then there is a cost of $35.00 plus a processing fee.  There are a limited number of this type of ticket.  We started with 35 and we have 5 left.

    In either case, while registering for the event you will be able to sign up to invite your family or guests for free.

    If you run into any problems with the process, please contact me at dkaplan@marsd.org.

  • 01 Nov 2016 6:01 PM | Anonymous

    Registration is still open for the NJAAPT sponsored AP Physics workshop with a focus on assessments and assessment writing. The workshop will be held Saturday Nov. 19th from 8:30am to 1pm at the Ranney School in Tinton Falls, NJ (Monmouth County - just off GS Parkway Exit 105). It is not necessary to have attended any of the previous workshops. 

    Click HERE to register

    Please email me with any questions: jferrara@shsd.org

  • 10 Oct 2016 3:20 PM | Anonymous

    Here is the link to photos and videos from the workshop.  (11/12/16)


    Learn about the Science and Art of Blacksmithing!

    Also – tell your fellow Chemistry / Shop / Technology teachers – they may be interested in attending.

    Sat. November 12, 2016   at the Trenton Blacksmith Shop

    9:00-9:30 am                      Registration / Coffee

    9:30 - ~12:00 noon           Workshop

    Register here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/blacksmith-workshop-tickets-28507100505https://www.eventbrite.com/e/blacksmith-workshop-tickets-28507100505

    This is a great opportunity to learn about and try out Blacksmithing.  In Trenton.  Yes, there’s a Blacksmith shop there.

    Jon Gaffin, a science teacher in Trenton who hosted a similar workshop several years ago along with the Blacksmith, will tell you about the science in Blacksmithing, and guide you through some practice, and you will bring back a completed project to use in your classroom.

    Topics include:


    Paleophysics                       The Science of Blacksmithing


    • ·         Tool making
    • ·         Transformation of Civilization
    • ·         Evolutionary Effects
    • ·         Educational Payoff 
    • ·         Spectroscopy
    • ·         Color as a general indicator of temperature
    • ·         Color as a general indicator of hardness (tempering)
    • ·         Materials
    • ·         Mild Steel
    • ·         Carbon or Tool Steel
    • ·         Iron
    • ·         Working with the Materials
    • ·         Plasticity
    • ·         The Forge --  The Anvil & Hammering
    • ·         Working 4-D -- Creating tools
    • ·         Hot Cutting -- Splitting
    • ·         Hot Punching -- Using a mandrel to widen holes & loops
    • ·         Using a bending fork -- Fire welding
    • ·         Iron Soufflé  -- To quench or not to quench?
    • ·         Quench oil & tempering -- Twisting

  • 09 Oct 2016 6:59 PM | Anonymous

    The NJAAPT Physics Olympics 2016 will take place on Saturday Jan 14, 2017 at Monmouth Regional HS.

    Information, Registration info, and Rules have been posted on the NJAAPT List Serve, and are also posted here on the website.  

    See the top menu, under "Events" for information.

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