Archive | January, 2019

Summer educator positions at MIT Museum

26 Jan

The MIT Museum is seeking middle or high school educators who, in collaboration with the Education & Public Programs team, will teach established science and technology workshops in an informal education environment. Teachers will also develop and implement an independent project that augments current workshops at the MIT Museum. This is an excellent opportunity to gain a behind-the-scene perspective of the Museum, explore current science and technology research at MIT, share your classroom expertise with our staff, and serve as a liaison between the Museum and your school. 

Successful applicants will be current middle or high school teachers specializing in science, math and/or engineering. S/he will be interested in collaborating with the Museum’s Education & Public Programs team to evaluate existing workshops, expand the Museum’s educational offerings, and learn about informal education pedagogy. Must be flexible, detail-oriented and a team player. Summer educator positions are temporary full-time (35 hours/week, M-F, 9:30-5pm) for six weeks, from July 1-August 9, 2018 (with 1-2 days prior for orientation and training). Compensation of $22-$25/hour will be provided, based on experience. Please send resume and cover letter to


Active Learning in Introductory Physics Courses:Summer 2019

20 Jan
Active Learning in Introductory Physics Courses: Research-Based Strategies that Improve Student Learning—July 15-17, 2019, Portland, Oregon
Designed for those who teach introductory physics at universities, colleges and high schools. Graduate credit will be available through the University of Oregon.*
Instructors: David Sokoloff, University of Oregon and Ronald Thornton, Tufts University
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.
The course fee is $225. (Early bird registration until May 1 is $195.)
* Up to three graduate credits from the University of Oregon will be available for an additional $90/credit.
For more information and to register:
David Sokoloff
Professor of Physics, University of Oregon

Way, way, way  Past President, American Association of Physics Teachers (2011)

AAPT Fellow

Department of Physics
1274 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1274
Phone: 541-221-6543
Fax: 541-346-5861

Spring 2019 Meeting

7 Jan
1) The Joint Spring Meeting for AAPT-NES and APS-NES
will be held at Springfield College on March 22 & 23, 2019.
2) Contributed talks and posters are solicited in these topic areas:
  a.  Applying and Exploring Physics though Engineering Design/Maker Spaces
  b. The hybrid disciplines: Intersection of Physics with Other Scientific 
       Domains (e.g. Geophysics, Biomechanics, etc)
  c. Physics Education Research
3) More information and Registration will be on
    around January 25.