The 2020 Spring Meeting of the AAPT New England Section will be held on May 1 & 2 at Wesleyan University, 265 Church Street, Middletown CT in the Exley Science Center.
The Meeting Theme is: Improving Physics Instructional Lab Experiences
Open questions fitting the theme: What are some strategies to improve physics instructional laboratories? How can lab modifications and extensions facilitate students' understanding and application of STEM practices? How are we using technology such as wireless sensors and methods such as group work?
Our Friday Keynote speaker is: Dr. Natasha Holmes, Department of Physics, Cornell University. https://physics.cornell.edu/natasha-holmes
Saturday invited speaker(s) is/are being determined as of 2/2/2020.
If you plan to contribute a paper or poster that will make the program, please send your abstract before the end of the day, Friday, April 24. The Link to submit abstracts is:
All are welcome. Topics could include:
1) Applying and Exploring Physics Lab though Engineering Design / Maker Spaces
2) The hybrid disciplines: Intersection of Physics with Other Lab-based Scientific Domains (e.g. Geophysics, Biomechanics, etc)
3) Physics Education Research in the Laboratory
LATE SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED, BUT NOT GUARANTEED ON THE PRINTED PROGRAM.
Friday, May 1, 2020; AAPT Evening Session
3:30 pm Registration, Open Poster* Setup & Vendor Exhibits
5:00 pm Session: Poster Session & Vendor Exhibits
6:30 pm Dinner
7:30 pm Plenary: Keynote Speaker
9:00 pm Astronomical Observing (weather permitting)
Saturday, May 2, 2020; AAPT Saturday Session
7:30 am Breakfast, Posters*, Registration & Vendors
8:30 am Sessions: Plenary Invited or Parallel AAPT** Contributed Talks (TBD)
10:15 am Coffee Break & Vendor Exhibits
10:30 am Session: Plenary Invited or Parallel AAPT** Contributed Talks (TBD)
12:00 pm Lunch, Open* Posters, Vendors (AAPT-NES Board Meeting during)
12:45 pm Session: AAPT Section Meeting and Demonstration Sharing
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm Workshops TBD (3 hour sessions) & Vendors
4:30 pm - 5:00 pm Pick up professional development certificates for 1:30 Workshops.
4:30 pm - TBD Extended Workshop or Second Round Workshops (TBD)
6:00 pm Gathering at a local restaurant for those staying in town.
Workshops In Two Blocks: Details and information current as of 2/2/2020
Workshop A 1:30 pm - TBD Video Analysis (PTRA) by Steve Henning, AAPT-PTRA — Watch this place for a description of Workshop A.
Workshop B time TBD Astronomy Workshop (PTRA) by Emily James, Brewster Academy, Wolfeboro NH — Watch this place for a description of Workshop B.Workshop C time TBD Computational Modeling
by Jianyi Jay Wang, UMass Dartmouth — In this workshop, a learning-by-doing framework will be described that integrates computation into physics classes. 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.
Workshop D time TBD Step-Up Physics Together by Michael Wadness, Medford High School, Medford MA — Watch this place for a description of Workshop D.
Workshop E 4:30 - 6:00 pm Using the PIRA Demonstration Resources in a High School or Introductory College Classroom by David Sturm, University of Maine. — Do you look for ways to incorporate a larger number of demonstrations in your classroom? This mini-workshop works on how to use existing resources to research additional demonstrations and find variations on using them to illustrate physics concepts.
*** Note, APS members are welcome to register for AAPT sessions and workshops with the understanding that there is no APS documentation of presentations as at joint meetings.
** AAPT welcomes all other contributed papers/posters through April 24 at
All are welcome. Topics could include:
- Applying and Exploring Physics Lab though Engineering Design/Maker Spaces
- The hybrid disciplines: Intersection of Physics with Other Lab-based Scientific Domains (e.g. Geophysics, Biomechanics, etc.)
- Physics Education Research in the Laboratory
Any other contributed talks and posters are of course welcome!
* Open posters: "Post-deadline" posters are always welcome, space as available.
Vacek Miglus, Wesleyan University
TEL: No designated conference hotel, but hotels in the Middletown, CT area, with rates via Google.Com:
"Inn at Middletown", 0.6 miles, walkable (ca. $140, block University rate)
Courtyard by Marriott, Cromwell 5.6 miles ($136 as of 2/2/20)
Super 8, Cromwell 5.4 miles ($54 as of 2/2/20)
Quality inn, Cromwell 5 miles ($93 as of 2/2/20)
Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham, Meriden 6.7 miles ($86 as of 2/2/20)
Four Points by Sheraton, Meriden 7 miles ($105 as of 2/2/20)
Red Roof Inn, Meriden 7 miles ($69 as of 2/2/20)
Comfort Inn & Suites, Meriden 7.8 miles ($93 as of 2/2/20)
Sheraton Hartford South Hotel, Rocky Hill 8 miles ($105 as of 2/2/20)
Residence Inn by Marriott Hartford, Rocky Hill 7.4 miles ($73 as of 2/2/20)
Hampton Inn & Suites, Rocky Hill 7.4 miles ($108 as of 2/2/20)
Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Meriden 10.2 miles ($96 as of 2/2/20)