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.
"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"
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
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:
Dave Maiullo at 848-445-9081 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
LocationAt the Physics Lecture Hall: 136 Frelinghuysen Road Busch Campus in Piscataway
For Directions to Physics Lecture Hall see http://www.physics.rutgers.edu/dev/directions.shtml
For updates (including snow/ice storm reschedules) see the Faraday Lecture Web page http://www.physics.rutgers.edu/~croft/FARADAY.HTML
2.) Additional inquiries contact Mark Croft: email@example.com
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
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.
To see some photos of Holiday treats, click here.
It's a party! It's a demo show! You can earn 4 participation hours.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Please email me with any questions: email@example.com
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.
Paleophysics The Science of Blacksmithing
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.