Please this link to submit an abstract for the hybrid meeting on Saturday, November 11th at UCONN.

(Note: At this time, we are accepting only in-person presentations. (We are unable to accept virtual presentations at this time due to current equipment capabilities, but we hope to welcome virtual presentations for the spring meeting.)

Members: Link to forum thread on the meeting Fall 2023 Meeting.

AAPT-NES/NYSS Fall 2021 Meeting

  • 2021-10-22
  • 5:30 PM
  • 2021-10-23
  • 4:30 PM
  • Online via Zoom and Hybrid from Syracuse, NY
  • 261


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • Keynote, invited & contributed talks, discussion, attending in person - includes ice cream social. Friday Theater Refreshments and Box Lunch offered separately on site.
  • Keynote, invited & contributed talks, discussion, attending via Zoom
  • Special Registration for new teachers of physics who are in their first five years of teaching and have yet to participate in AAPT-NES or NYSS-AAPT. Please email for approval for this registration to
  • Registration for H.S., Undergraduate, and Graduate Students only.
  • Vendor Registration (1 person) includes sponsorship mention, 10 minute speaking slot, mailing list access, and box lunch.
  • Vendor Registration (2 Persons) includes same as 1 person registration, and breakout room/table for Friday and Saturday and lunch for 2 persons.

Registration is closed

The Fall 2021 Joint Meeting of the New England and New York State Sections of AAPT will be hybrid: virtual with an onsite option...  

Location:  Virtual, via Zoom link sent to registered participants, and for those who wish to join in person, onsite in Syracuse, NY at Syracuse University.  

The Meeting Theme is:  Building Enthusiasm through Introductory Physics - Sharing Engaging Teaching Strategies for All Levels

Open questions fitting the theme:  What are some strategies to improve introductory physics at different levels of instruction?  How can modifications and extensions facilitate students' understanding?  How are we using technology such as wireless sensors or methods such as group work in high school and post-secondary education?  How do we share and engage and welcome in the fun of physics?

Our Friday Keynote event is a live demonstration show from Syracuse University, "Honoring High School-College Collaborations: 30 Years of the Physics Alliance of Central New York"  Hybrid, with attendance in person and simulcast on Zoom.

Lead emcees: Sam Sampere, Syracuse University and David Sturm, University of Maine

See articles on the Physics Alliance such as:

The abstract deadline for submitted papers or posters was October 8.  We may have "standby" room for additional talks.  The Link to submit abstracts


Schedule:  As of 10/12/2021, talk start times will be consecutive as much as possible.

Friday, October 22, 2021; AAPT Friday Night Session

6:00 pm Zoom Room opens for Testing, Conversation, Open Chat, Etc.  (Hybrid, Onsite start of online posters and over-meal discussion (Hybrid, Onsite Lobby refreshments before demonstrations, posters in hallway)

6:55 pm SESSION CALLED TO ORDER, Announcements and Welcome

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Introductory Remarks and DEMONSTRATION SHOW: "Honoring High School-College Collaborations: 30 Years of the Physics Alliance of Central New York, 15 Years of the Mainely Physics Road Show".  Sam Sampere, Syracuse University & David Sturm, University of Maine presenting

8:30 pm Ice Cream Social Online, and in person at Syracuse

Saturday, October 23, 2021; AAPT Saturday Session
9:30 am Zoom Room opens for Conversation, Testing, Open Chat, Etc.

10:00 am SESSION CALLED TO ORDER, Opening Remarks

10:05 - 11:05 am Morning Keynote Speaker - Allen Miller, Syracuse & Physics Alliance of Central New York, Enhancing Physics Education via High School-College Collaboration

11:10 - 11:40 am Julie Hammond, UMass, Vampire Physics for the Classroom

11:40 am - 12:10 pm Nancy Beverly, Mercy College, Human-active Digital Worksheets with Data 

12:10 -12:40 pm  Lunch break, breakout rooms for AAPT-NES Fall Board Meeting, NYSS-AAPT Board Meeting, and other discussions

Contributed Talks:

12:40 - 1:00 pm Andria Schwortz & Andrea C. Burrows, Quinsigamond Community College, Listening to find integrated STEM discourse: Power and positioning during a teacher professional development STEM activity

1:00 - 1:20 pm Douglas Kurtze, St Joseph's University, Introductory Mechanics as a "Research Program" in an Algebra-Based Course

1:20 - 1:40 pm Igor Zubov, Bergen County Academies, Tools & Logic of Problem Solving in Physics

1:40 - 2:00 pm David Sturm, University of Maine, Simple Photoelectric Effect Demos for the Classroom

Afternoon Invited Speaker:

2 - 3 pm - Karen Jo Matsler, UTeach Supervisor for STEM Student Teachers, University of Texas at Arlington — “Is Quantum in HS Crazy?”

If someone were to tell you that technology is not important you would think they were crazy, especially after all the technology that was used during COVID. The National Quantum Initiative was signed into law in 2019 with the intent of increasing awareness at the K-12 level as to the importance of quantum in technology, national security, and future jobs. The Quantum for All project is focusing on this initiative using a NSF grant to help get quantum information science in the HS curriculum. This session will give an overview of the project and how the challenges are being addressed.

Dr. Karen Jo Matsler supervises UTeach Arlington, and taught HS and university physics for over 30 years. She has served as a district K-12 Curriculum Consultant; and is the current national director for PTRA, the Physics Teaching Resource Agents She served as Co-Director for a Rural PTRA grant which was awarded the American Institute of Physics (AIP) Excellence in Education Award. She has served as an external evaluator for numerous NSF, DOE, and state grants, and served in a variety of leadership positions for professional organizations such as STAT, TSAAPT, and is a past member of the Board of Directors of AAPT.


3 - 4:30 pm - Julie Hammond, UMass, Guinea Pig Physics & The Physics of Animals PBL for the Classroom.  —  This workshop will run on the primary Zoom.

TBD  ONSITE Make'N'Take Session for High School Teachers

**  Note, APS members are always welcome to register for AAPT sessions and workshops with the understanding that there is no APS documentation of presentations as at AAPT or AAPT-led joint meetings.

* AAPT welcomes all other contributed papers/posters at link above.

ZOOM HOST Contact:

David Sturm, University of Maine 207-478-4937 (texts only)


Sam Sampere, Syracuse University

Conference Hotels:  Syracuse University Conference Center Sheraton, information TBA

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, Treasurer AAPT-NES, 274 French St, Bangor, ME 04401. is the primary website for AAPT-NES.  Additional materials and historic information is available at  Consult it for further information.

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