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PTRA Workshops

W04: Make, Take, and Do: Homemade Physics Equipment

Date - Saturday, July 28, 2012
Time - 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Member Cost - $95
Non-Member - $105

A chance to make apparatus tested and approved by the PTRAs over the years of the program. We will make a Soda Can Van de Graaff, a holiday light circuit puzzle, a color addition ping pong ball, a pendulum wave machine for the desk or overhead, a homopolar motor, and several other items. Brush up on some simple soldering and other skills useful in the physics class. All items will be easily transported home.
Organizer: Tom Senior    Co-Organizers: Pat Callahan, George Amann, Al Gibson

W32: Sound & Music, Ways to Teach It (Free Kit!)

Date - Sunday, July 29, 2012
Time - 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Member Cost - $60
Non-Member - $85

The Acoustical Society of America is proud to offer a "Sound and Music Activity Kit" free to K-12 teachers. The kit includes ten tuning forks (frequencies chosen to address a range of learning goals), a sound level meter, four laminated posters of the inner ear and hair cells (healthy and damaged), ping pong balls, fuzzy sticks, straws and 15 research-based, interactive, student-tested lessons which have been developed to use with the Activity Kit materials. These lessons have been reviewed by the AAPT PTRAs (Physics Teacher Resource Agents). There are lessons that are appropriate for a range of levels K-14. Topics include, but are not limited to, how sound is produced, the basics of waves, how musical instruments work, echolocation, the Doppler effect and Sound Labs. In this workshop the introductory lesson will be demonstrated and we will work with several of the hands-on portions of additional lessons. Organizer Wedny Adams

W33: PTRA Workshop: Using Children's Lititure to Teach Science

Date - Sunday, July 29
Time - 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Memeber Cost- $80
Non-Member - $105

Storytime is a magic time - a time of amazement and imagination for pre school-ers to high school-ers (and for many lucky adults) The magic unleashed in children’s literature should not disappear when the story is completed. We can bridge the gap from story to experiment by asking "I wonder if ?..." Then investigate those predictions with hands-on activities that capitalize on this magic. This workshop will explore how we can use children’s literature at a number of different levels. Whether we are working with pre service or practicing elementary teachers or our own physics students, children’s books provide a spring board to science investigations, a way to model the processes of science and even serve as assessment for our instruction. The workshop will be hands on and interactive. Participants will receive a DVD of activities, book and topic pairings, children’s literature resources, bibliographies, websites and lesson plans.
Organizer: Nina Morley Daye

Sound and Music: HS Materials Plus Updates for Grades, presented by Wendy Adams

Date – Sunday, July 29, 2012
Time – 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Member Cost -$35
Non-member Cost - $45

Sound and Music: High School materials plus updates for grades 3-8: The Acoustical Society of America is proud to offer a "Sound and Music Activity Kit" free to K-12 teachers. The kit comes with a selection of hands on materials, as well as a USB containing 32 lessons/labs and 2 assessments. In this afternoon session, all new materials that have been developed since the 2011 PTRA training will be demonstrated and you will work with several of the hands-on portions of these new materials. The majority of the new materials were designed for AP physics or introductory level college physics courses.

Explorations and Practicums, co-presented by George Amann and Pat Callahan

Date – Monday, July 30, 2012
Time – 8:30 – 10:30 am
Member Cost - $53
Non-member - $63

The key to learning is student involvement! This American Association of Physics Teachers/Physics Teaching Resource Agents (AAPT/PTRA) manual presents examples of two techniques that are proven to increase student involvement in your classroom. Based on the "5E" model of learning, exploratories are designed to get your students excited about the material they will explore in your classroom with you. Practicums are a unique method for measuring a class' learning in an "authentic" manner that will ensure the whole class is excited and totally immersed in the process. An AAPT/PTRA resource book provided and included in price.

PTRA presents Everyday Einstein: GPS & Relativity, co-presented by Damian Pope, Elaine Gwinn and Karen Jo Matsler

Date – Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Time – 8:30 – 10:30 am
Member Cost - $35
Non-member – $45

What do Einstein and GPS have in common? Find out in the first Perimeter Inspirations module highlighting the power and relevance of one of human's greatest intellectual achievements. ‘Everyday Einstein’ is an educational resource that includes a five-minute video and an accompanying teacher’s guide. Suitable for grades 9 through 12. Lead PTRAs will guide you through using this lesson and prepare you to guide your colleagues.

Using and Adapting OSP- and Physlet-Based Materials for an Interactive Classroom, co-presented by Wolfgang Christian and Mario Belloni

Date – Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Time – 8:30 – 10:30 am
Member Cost -$35
Non-member Cost - $45

Participants will learn how to use and adapt existing Open Source Physics and Physlet-based curricular material in this hands-on workshop. We will distribute Physlets (interactive Java applets written at Davidson College) and ready-to-run Java programs and present examples of how they are used to actively engage students in the classroom. This workshop is based on existing material available at no-cost from the ComPADRE National Digital Library which can easily be adapted for introductory physics.  This workshop is supported by the National Science Foundation (DUE-0442581 and DUE-0937731).


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