AAPT New England Section Spring Meeting 2018

  • 16 Mar 2018
  • 4:00 PM
  • 17 Mar 2018
  • 5:00 PM
  • Nashua Community College, Nashua, NH

Registration

(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • Registration for High School Teachers in their first 5 years of teaching. Includes Friday Buffet Dinner, and Saturday Breakfast & Luncheon. Workshops are extra.
  • Full Registration includes Friday Buffet Banquet, Saturday Breakfast & Luncheon. Register for workshops separately.
  • Friday & Saturday Registration for high school, college, and graduate students. Includes Friday Buffet Dinner and Saturday Breakfast & Luncheon.
    Workshops are extra.
  • Friday only registration for H.S. teachers in their first 5 years of teaching. Includes poster session, banquet and keynote.
  • Registration for poster session, banquet and keynote on Friday Evening.
  • Friday only. Includes poster session, banquet and keynote for H.S., Undergrad and Graduate Students.
  • Saturday breakfast, contributed talks, Panel discussion and luncheon for H.S. teachers in their first 5 years of teaching.
  • Saturday breakfast, contributed talks, Panel discussion and luncheon.
  • Saturday breakfast, contributed talks, Panel discussion and luncheon for H.S., Undergrad and Graduate Students
  • Vendor Registration (1 person) includes a table on Friday and Saturday and all meals for one person.
  • Vendor Registration (2 Persons) includes table for Friday and Saturday and meals for 2 persons.

There is a block of 24 rooms reserved for Friday night for $99.00 at the
Hampton Inn Nashua
407 Amherst St, Nashua, NH 03063 US
Reservations: 844-262-2822
Attendees will have to ask for the Nashua Community College rate. You will need to register by Feb. 16 for the discounted price.
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The 2018 Spring Meeting of the AAPT New England Section will be held on March 16 & 17 at Nashua Community College, Amherst Street, Nashua, NH.

The theme of the meeting is:  Increasing Diversity in Physics

Our Keynote speaker is: Dr. Beth Cunningham, Executive Officer of AAPT.

Working Schedule:

Friday, March 16, 2018
4:00 pm Registration
5:00 pm Poster Session & Vendors
6:30 pm Buffet Dinner
7:30 pm Keynote Speaker

Saturday, March 17, 2018
7:30 am Continental Breakfast & Late Registration, Posters & Vendors
8:45 am Contributed Talks**
10:15 am Coffee Break
10:30 am Panel Session & Discussion
12:30 pm Buffet Lunch. Posters & Vendors
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm Workshops (1.5 hour and/or 3 hour sessions)
4:30 pm - 5:00 pm Pick up professional development certificates.

Workshops Run Concurrently:
Choose Track A or either or both of the Track B offerings.

Track A

A: 1:30 - 4:30 pm  PTRA TIPERs Workshop by Steve Henning of PTRA
PTRA TIPERS (Tasks Inspired by Physics Education Research) are tasks inspired by Physics Education Research to provide alternative learning formats. TIPERS provide students with tasks that address physical ideas and principles in a variety of ways. Some of these are Ranking Tasks, Bar Chart Tasks, Linked Multiple Choice Tasks, Working Backwards Tasks, Predict and Explain Tasks and many others. These are designed to help students learn the important concepts and principles of physics while providing a conceptual base upon which students can solve physics problems with understanding. Participants will be receiving the latest TIPERS Manual. (The Ranking Tasks manual is no longer in print.)

Track B

B1: 1:30 - 3:00 pm  Integrating Computation into STEM Courses by Jay Wang, UMass Dartmouth — Integration of computation into STEM education is increasingly being recognized nationally as an important component to increasing students’ computational thinking skills. In this workshop, a learning-by-doing framework will be described that integrates computation into the physics classes at every level from introductory physics classes to graduate courses. It enables students to actively do, rather than just think, physics. 
This workshop aims for practical and hands-on activities. Actual activities using Jupyter Python/VPython will be used. Interested Participants are encouraged to bring their laptop, ideally with Jupyter Python installed. This can be done with an all-in-one installer such as Anaconda Python
See 
http://www.faculty.umassd.edu/j.wang/ for more information.

B2: 3:00 - 4:30   Getting Started in Physics Education Research by Andria Schwortz, Quinsigamond CC.  Do you have burning questions about how your students are learning?  Why can they answer a question if phrased one way but not another?  What can you do to improve your teaching?  Skeptical of new teaching styles and want to test if they’re effective in your classroom?  This workshop will give you some basics on how to perform education research, including styles of research, when and how to get approval from an Institutional Review Board, what to do with your results, and publishing.  Group time will include discussing your own questions and how you can investigate them.


** The call for contributed papers/posters is at aapt-nes.org. We are encouraging contributions in these 3 tracks:

  1. Increasing diversity in Physics
  2. General Physics pedagogy contributions: ideas related to effective high school and post-secondary physics teaching
  3. Assessment: how & what do we measure so that we know our teaching is effective.

There is a block of 24 rooms reserved for Friday night for $99.00 at the Hampton Inn Nashua, 407 Amherst St, Nashua, NH 03063. Reservations: (603) 883-5333.
Attendees will have to call the Nashua Hampton Inn directly and ask for the Nashua Community College rate. Register by February 16 for the discounted price.


The New England Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT-NES) is an affiliate section of AAPT representing physics teachers in the six New England states and other interested teachers.  AAPT-NES can currently be reached by mail in care of David Sturm, Section Representative to AAPT, 274 French St, Bangor, ME 04401.  AAPT-NES.org is the primary website for AAPT-NES.  Consult it for further information.

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