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Spring Meeting update

26 Mar

Due to the threat posed by the coronavirus pandemic, we have decided to cancel the Spring, 2020 Meeting of the New England Section of AAPT. If you have paid the registration fee for this meeting, you will receive a refund, shortly

Spring 2020 meeting is Postponed

12 Mar

As our host site has closed down for the remainder of the semester, the spring meeting is being postponed.

Workshop: Energize your physics class with computation/modeling, April 4, Boston

25 Feb

There is a 1-day workshop on Saturday, April 4 2020, at Tufts University on integrating computation into high school and college physics courses. More information including registration can be found here:
https://www.compadre.org/PICUP/events/Boston/index.cfm  

  I speak from personal experience that you will leave the workshop having learned something that you will want to use, be it an activity with spreadsheet, a problem with Python, or just an idea to try. Please share this email with your colleagues whom you think might be interested. Early bird registration ($20) ends March 22.

Who should attend:
Any physics educators within striking distance of the Boston area that want to energize their physics courses! The scope of this workshop is appropriate for physics teachers from high schools, 2-year colleges, and 4-year colleges and universities.

The workshop will include demonstrations and discussions about various aspects of integrating computational activities into physics courses at all levels from introductory to advanced.  There will also be guided working time wherein participants will explore tested computational exercises, and will build an outline that will serve as the beginning of a plan for integrating computational activities into their specific courses. Finally, by participating in this workshop participants will become plugged into a growing and supportive community of like-minded physics educators dedicated to improving the physics curriculum. The support system includes a repository of developed computational materials as well as dedicated online and personal community support.

Best wishes,
Jay Wang
Co-organizer
Physics, UMass Dartmouth

POSTPONED: Spring Section Meeting

21 Jan

The New England AAPT Meeting will be this spring in CT.

Please use this link to submit poster or oral presentations.

or cut and paste https://forms.gle/B5ntWiRyHjVVKEiE6

  • Location:  
    • Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
      Exley Science Center, 265 Church St, Middletown, CT

To register for the conference, register on our Wild Apricot Page.

Or paste this link: https://aapt-nes.wildapricot.org/event-3733429

  • Date
    • May 1 and 2 (Friday/Saturday), 2020
  • Host Contact:
    • Vacek Miglus, Wesleyan University

Summer Workshop in Making at M.I.T.

27 May

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Andrew Duffy receiving this year’s Janet Guernsey Award from Mark Greenman, a former awardee.

1 May

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Active Learning in Introductory Physics Courses: Research-Based Strategies that Improve Student Learning

1 May
SPACES STILL AVAILABLE—EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION FEE EXTENDED TO MAY 20!

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).

The course fee is $225. (Early bird registration until May 20 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:


Active Learning in Introductory Physics Courses

1 Apr
From: David R Sokoloff <sokoloff@uoregon.edu>
Subject: [EXTERNAL] Active Learning Course Early Bird Registration Fee Ends May 1
Date: March 31, 2019 at 1:19:50 PM EDT
SPACES STILL AVAILABLE—EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION FEE ENDS MAY1!

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).

The course fee is $225. (Early bird registration until May 1 is $195.)

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 edsearch@mit.edu.

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:  http://pages.uoregon.edu/sokoloff/CHAUT.htm
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
e-mail: sokoloff@uoregon.edu
(SectPres)