The regional AAPT sections meeting will take place this fall, on Friday November 16 (evening), and Saturday November 17 (day), at Bergen County College (Paramus).
Part of the meeting will include poster sessions as well as speaker sessions, as well as workshops, and more!
The Call for Papers is here: CallForPapers - NJAAPT 2018 Fall Regl Mtg.pdf
Active Learning in Introductory Physics Courses: Research-Based Strategies that Improve Student Learning
Special Short Course June 19-21, 2018, Portland, Oregon
David Sokoloff University of Oregon
Ronald Thornton Tufts University
Early Bird registration fee ($30 discount) for our June 19-21 Active Learning short course in Portland, OR ends April 15. For more information and to register: http://pages.uoregon.edu/sokoloff/CHAUT.htm
Designed for those who teach introductory physics at universities, colleges and high schools, this hands-on course is designed for those wanting to make learning in their introductory courses more active, using research-validated, classroom-tested strategies that have been demonstrated to improve learning. Graduate credit will be available through the University of Oregon.*
Participants will be introduced to research-validated, classroom-tested strategies for each component of the introductory course that have been demonstrated to improve learning. These include Interactive Lecture Demonstration (ILDs), RealTime Physics (RTP) labs, Collaborative Problem-Solving Tutorials, Workshop Physics (WP), Physics with Video Analysis (PVA), and related online video analysis exercises. The course will also include the use of video analysis to identify analytic functions describing real data. Among other more recent developments are (1) 3rd ed. RTP E & M labs using video analysis, (2) ILDs using clickers, (3) online homework using Interactive Video Vignettes (IVVs), and (4) distance learning and in class labs using the self-contained, wireless IOLab (or other wireless data acquisition devices). Topics will be chosen from both semesters of introductory physics. Research on the effectiveness of these strategies will also be discussed.
The tools and software used in these active learning curricula are compatible with Macintosh and Windows OS, and with the popular interfaces and sensors. Participants will receive complimentary printed copies of the curricula (published by Wiley and Vernier, and also available for high school use as the ABP High School E-dition). Teaching Physics with the Physics Suite, a comprehensive book by E.F. Redish (University of Maryland) on strategies for implementing physics education research-based curricula, will also be distributed.
* Up to three graduate credits from the University of Oregon will be available for an additional $90/credit.
The Southeast Pennsylvania section of AAPT is hosting their Spring Section Meeting March 9-10, 2018. Deadline to register March 2. Information below:
Southeast Pennsylvania section AAPT Annual spring Meeting
Date: March 9 & 10, 2018
Location: Penn State University, Abington campus
1600 Woodland Rd, Abington PA 19001
Woodland Building (building 5) (112 W)
Schedule of Events:
6:00 pm Dinner (optional) on campus
7:30 pm Talk --- open to the public (free)
“NASA’s Voyager Mission: Our Cosmic Message in a Bottle”
Ann Schmiedekamp, Professor of Physics, Penn State Abington
8:30 am Coffee
9:00 am Meeting starts
Dr. Mukul Talaty, Assistant Professor of Engineering, Penn State Abington and research scientist Moss Rehab
"Newton couldn’t see what caused the proverbial apple to fall on his head, but in the few short centuries since then, the biomechanics and rehabilitation community have developed tools to help measure and visualize body mechanics during walking. Learn the physics involved in a state of the art motion analysis laboratory."
Dr. Maura McLaughlin, Professor of Astronomy, West Virginia University
"30 terabytes of radio telescope data + citizen science project = student opportunity to participate in state-of-the-art astronomy (and maintain interest in STEM !) "
Business Meeting before lunch: reports, election of next year’s officers
Active Physics presentation during lunch (It’s About Time)
1:30-3:30 Workshops and Discussion Groups
Lab workshop: Pasco vs. Vernier - compare hardware/software for 8 demo labs
Ann and Carl Schmiedekamp (Pasco) and Barry Feierman (Vernier)
Discussion and Focus Groups: SEPS will provide moderators for discussions about any of the questions below.
2017-2018 membership dues: $10 membership in SEPS (independent of national AAPT)
Conference: Member fees (for those who have already paid $10 dues for 2017 - 2018)
Friday dinner $30
Saturday only $40
Late or non-member fees
Friday dinner $35
Saturday only $45
Friday dinner $20
Saturday only $15
Register: Deadline March 2, 2018
Google Accounts register here: https://goo.gl/forms/ybhElkQ0siqcU5Ck1
Non-Google users, or if the link does not work, contact Art Zadrozny at the email address below
Send payments by check made out to SEPS/AAPT by March 2 deadline
16 Painters Lane
Chesterbrook, PA 19087
It's been a few years since we've had a newsletter, and now it's back.
Here's the link to the newsletters
We hope that it will be useful to keep you updated on events and resources.
If you would like to contribute to the newsletter, please contact any member of the Executive Board.
Sat Dec 2, 2017 8:30 am - noon Ridgewood HS, Ridgewood NJ
Presentations on inquiry based labs, activities, & projects for all levels of physics from AP to general. Also presentations on STEAM and how inquiry based projects are used in the Physics, Art, & Engineering, a senior physics elective and the associated field trips. Samples of how labs have evolved from “cook book” to guided & open inquiry.
Register on NJAAPT website
Friday December 8 , 2017 6 -9 pm
Princeton University Room A-10 Jadwin Hall
We're making a change to our usual Holiday Treats event.
This year, we will be having a Holiday get-together for Physics Teachers which will feature some fun Physics films/videos.
There will be pizza, give-aways, auction items, and the "green table", plus meeting and talking with other Physics teachers in NJ.
This event is FREE, but please register in advance (on the Home page) by Nov 30, so we have a headcount for food, etc. This event is open to NJAAPT members + guests.
We hope to see you all there. It will be a lot of fun. Events with Physics teachers are always fun!
The NJAAPT NJ Physics Olympics 2018 has been announced on the Listserve. In case you didn't get the email, all Physics Olympics info can be found on the NJAAPT website: On Homepage, top menu bar, under "Events", click on "Physics Olympics 2018" or click here
New this year -- South Jersey location !
Hope to see you there!
Syracuse University is hosting the Northeast Regional AAPT meeting on Sept 29-30. For more information on this exciting program with world-class speakers go to: click here or here
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.
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.