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Workshops

Listed below is a current list of workshops planned for the 2012 winter meeting.  Some details are subject to change.  All workshops, except W16 will be held at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Shuttle buses will be available from the Doubletree Hotel and Radisson Hotels.

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  • Cancelled: T01: CERN, LIVE!

    Date/Time

    • Sat, Feb 4
    • 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM

    Organizer

    David Gewanter

    Cost

    • Members: $90.00
    • Non-members: $115.00

    Seats

    • Max: 25
    • Available: 25

    Enhance your understanding of the latest developments at the world's most powerful particle accelerator by connecting live via high-quality video feed with the physicists involved in doing the research at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, near Geneva, Switzerland. Meet the operators in the LHC Control room and hear what they do and how. A half hour informational talk by very engaging physicists will be followed by a chance to have your questions answered. Teaching materials will be provided. See below for an additional opportunity. Organizer: David Gewanter. You are invited to join a group of physics teachers from the USA and beyond who will be traveling to CERN during the week of 18 - 25 February, 2012. Contact the organizer for more information about this unusual offer to forge an international connection for yourself and your students at the LHC. A few days in Paris will complete the experience!

  • W06: Supernova Physics

    Date/Time

    • Sat, Feb 4
    • 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Organizer

    Donna Young

    Co-Organizer(s)

    Doug Lombardi, Pamela Perry, Terry Matilsky

    Cost

    • Members: $70.00
    • Non-members: $95.00

    Seats

    • Max: 30
    • Available: 24

    Supernova Physics: Individualized Investigations Using DS9 and Chandra's Public Archives - The Chandra X-ray mission has developed a set of investigations that utilize the ds9 image analysis software. Each one of the investigations introduces a unique ds9 analysis tool, including light curves and energy spectra, to study the physical processes of stellar evolution products such as supernova remnants, black holes and white dwarfs, and the interactions of colliding galaxies. More analysis tools can be learned through the Chandra Ed site through a set of guided activities and tutorials. The investigations are an application of several basic physics equations. This workshop expands from the introductory investigations and analysis tools to the next step of having students design their own research projects. Participants will learn how to access the Chandra archives and find objects to study with ds9 analysis tools. The software accepts any FITS file, so optical and other wavelength images can be imported into ds9 to compare with the X-ray data. Organizer: Donna Young and Co-Organizers: Doug Lombardi, Pamela Perry, Terry MaTilsky

  • W07: IPAL In-Class Polling for All Learners

    Date/Time

    • Sat, Feb 4
    • 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Organizer

    William F. Junkin III

    Co-Organizer(s)

    Anne J. Cox

    Cost

    • Members: $70.00
    • Non-members: $95.00

    Seats

    • Max: 25
    • Available: 16

    This workshop provides a hands-on experience to learn to use a new, free, open source in-class polling program. Through funding by the Bill Gates foundation a small stipend is available for those who try the program at their home institution. Participants must bring a laptop. The IPAL project allows students to use a mixture of clickers and web-enabled devices (laptops, iPads, cell phones) to respond to in-class polling through a Moodle module or a web site for non-Moodle users. Only a browser is needed on instructors' and students' devices. IPAL provides peer-reviewed polling questions, including hundreds of ConcepTests used for Mazur's Peer Instruction. A searchable database at ComPADRE provides these questions, appropriate for the Introductory (or AP) Physics course. Instructors can create their own questions for any course. The workshop will also explore the pedagogy that this program enables, the greater student involvement and the feedback to instructors. Organizer: William F. Junkin III and Co-Organizer: Anne J. Cox

  • Cancelled: W08: GPS Physics

    Date/Time

    • Sat, Feb 4
    • 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Organizer

    J. B. Sharma

    Cost

    • Members: $110.00
    • Non-members: $135.00

    Seats

    • Max: 24
    • Available: 24

    GPS Physics - Analyzing Real World Student Incurred Motion in Introductory Physics Courses - A GPS unit can capture the 3-D time varying position vector of real-world moving object and this contains the kinematics of the motion. If the mass of the moving object is known, the dynamics and energetic of the motion can be calculated. This technology can help connect the ideas learned in the mechanics classroom to the experiential domain of the real-world student-centered motion. The curricular integration of this technology and case studies of student projects will be discussed. These include human motion and motion incurred by mechanical engines. Participants will collect their own motion data and analyze it. A software tool for interactively animating the motion on Google Earth with dynamic vector diagrams has been developed will be presented along with a discussion of applications for teaching/learning. Organizer: J. B. Sharma

  • W09: Teaching & Learning Electromagnetism in Intro Phys

    Date/Time

    • Sat, Feb 4
    • 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Organizer

    Jenaro Guisasola

    Cost

    • Members: $95.00
    • Non-members: $120.00

    Seats

    • Max: 35
    • Available: 22

    Teaching and Learning Electromagnetism in Introductory Physics Courses - In the workshop it will discuss the impact of physics education research on electromagnetism in the educational designing and practice of physics teaching at university level. Two of presentations will present studies about students' difficulties of learning topics of electromagnetism such as electromotive force, electromagnetic induction or Faraday's law. It will present also a study about the problems of teaching Maxwell equations in relation to cognitive theories. Finally, a study on developing students' mathematics' techniques involving the meaning of the physics concepts will be discussed. Organizer: Jenaro Guisasola

  • Cancelled: W10: Seeking Employment in Academia

    Date/Time

    • Sat, Feb 4
    • 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Organizer

    Sytil Murphy

    Cost

    • Members: $115.00
    • Non-members: $140.00

    Seats

    • Max: 20
    • Available: 20

    Applying for career in academia can be an art form. You have to catch the eye of the employer and stand out in a crowd of applicants based on a few pages of written words. To do this, you must be able to interpret the ad, gather pertinent information quickly, and tailor your materials to the position. There are many questions such as how long, personal, specific, etc. your materials should be or whether you are at the opposite end of the spectrum - too lengthy, personal, specific, etc. How should you tailor materials when applying to a field specific position versus a general announcement? What do small private schools look for that large public universities are not interested in? Based on recent experiences, we discuss what worked and what did not in addition to providing some insights into what search committees are looking for based on the job postings. Organizer: Sytil Murphy

  • W11: Make and Take Your Own Photogate/Lasergate

    Date/Time

    • Sat, Feb 4
    • 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Organizer

    Barbara Hoeling, Nina Abramzon

    Co-Organizer(s)

    Peter Siegel, Nina Abramzon and the Cal Poly Pomona Physics Department

    Cost

    • Members: $130.00
    • Non-members: $155.00

    Seats

    • Max: 25
    • Available: 18

    This workshop is appropriate for high school teachers and college faculty who teach introductory physics laboratories. You will make your own laser gate and test it in different experiments, such as the atwood machine, rotational dynamics, velocity measurements, and pendulum timing. The gate has an accuracy of 2 microseconds, is easy to build, and interfaces via USB to a computer. Each participant will take home the system he/she builds (an approximate value of $40). You may bring your own laptop (PC) for interfacing, or use one supplied by us. Organizers: Barbara Hoeling, Nina Abramzon and Co-Organizers: Peter Siegel Nina Abramzon and the Cal Poly Pomona Physics Department

  • W01: Cal Poly's Physics Lecture Demonstrations

    Date/Time

    • Sat, Feb 4
    • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    Organizer

    Doug Johnson

    Co-Organizer(s)

    Annie Atiyeh, Jeff Cady, Gueorgui Gueorguiev, Anatol Hoemke, Angella Johnsonn, Hector Maciel, Martin Simon, Maria Vaughn

    Cost

    • Members: $165.00
    • Non-members: $190.00

    Seats

    • Max: 50
    • Available: 31

    Cal Poly Pomona has over 600 physics lecture demonstrations to choose from for this workshop. We will show some of the most popular demos used on the university level. Unlike other workshops, we will have invited guests from the surrounding colleges and universities showing us some of their latest and greatest demonstrations as well. For those of you that are unable to make the summer lecture demonstration workshops, this will be something you will not want to miss! Organizer: Doug Johnson and Co-Organizers: Annie Atiyeh, Harvey Mudd College / Jeff Cady, Cal Tech Pasadena / Gueorgui Gueorguiev, UCLA / Anatol Hoemke, LMU / Angella Johnson, USC / Hector Maciel, Cal Poly Pomona / Mark McLaughlin, CSU Long Beach / Martin Simon, UCLA / Maria Vaughn, Cal Poly Pomona/

  • W02: Graphing Analysis of Student Data With AP B Examples

    Date/Time

    • Sat, Feb 4
    • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    Organizer

    Jim Nelson

    Co-Organizer(s)

    Dorrie Bright

    Cost

    • Members: $115.00
    • Non-members: $140.00

    Seats

    • Max: 30
    • Available: 25

    The theme of this AAPT/PTRA workshop is a Generic 4-Step procedure for student to use for analyzing experimental data. During the workshop you will do several laboratory activities. For each activity you will measure, graph, and analyze the data. Graphing calculators will be provided; however, you are encouraged to bring your own calculator or computer with graphing software. The goal for each activity is to arrive at a general equation that summarizes the relationship between variables measured. The analysis will start simple and gradually build up to more complex analysis. A CD with notes and masters of each activity will be provided. Sample laboratory activities include: Speed of a Toy Car, Weight versus Mass, Hinged Mirrors, Density of a Solid, Planck's Constant, Wave Equation, Resonance of Sound, Free Fall Motion, Elastic Spring Energy, Frequency versus Period, and Thin Lens Equation. These activities are representative of typical laboratory activities done in introductory classes, but the generic 4-step analysis is appropriate for many laboratory activities. Organizer: Jim Nelson and Co-Organizer: Dorrie Bright

  • Cancelled: W03: New RTP/ILD Tools/Curricula:

    Date/Time

    • Sat, Feb 4
    • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    Organizer

    David Sokoloff

    Co-Organizer(s)

    Ronald K. Thornton, Priscilla W. Laws

    Cost

    • Members: $108.00
    • Non-members: $133.00

    Seats

    • Max: 24
    • Available: 23

    "New RTP and ILD Tools and Curricula: Video Analysis, Clickers and E&M Labs" RealTime Physics (RTP) and Interactive Lecture Demonstrations (ILDs) have been available for over 15 years--so what's new? The just released Third Edition of RTP includes five new labs on basic electricity and magnetism in Module 3 as well a new approaches to projectile motion in Module 1. Some of these new labs make use of video analysis. Also new are clicker-based ILDs. This hands-on workshop is designed for those who want to make effective use of active learning with computer-based tools in their introductory courses. These active learning approaches for lectures, labs, and recitations (tutorials) are based on physics education research (PER). Participants will work with new activities as well as original ones. The following will be distributed: Modules from the Third Edition of RTP, the ILD book, the Physics with Video Analysis book and CD, and Teaching Physics with the Physics Suite by E.F. Redish. Partially supported by the National Science Foundation. Organizer: David Sokoloff and Co-Organizers: Ronald K. Thornton, Tufts University Priscilla W. Laws, Dickinson College

  • Cancelled: W04: PET and PSET

    Date/Time

    • Sat, Feb 4
    • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    Organizer

    Kathleen Falconer

    Cost

    • Members: $100.00
    • Non-members: $125.00

    Seats

    • Max: 40
    • Available: 40

    Physics and Everyday Thinking (PET), Physical Science and Everyday (PSET) are one-semester general education courses appropriate for pre-high schoolteachers. These courses were developed using research on student learning of physical science. The PET course content focuses on the themes of interactions, conservation of energy and Newton?s Laws, as well as on the skill of writing and evaluating explanations. The PSET course, which includes both physics and chemistry, focuses on the same things plus atomic-molecular theory. Specially designed computer simulators are used in both curricula during class and as part of web-based homework. This workshop will be an introduction to both PET and PSET for educators of pre-service and in-service teachers to facilitate possible adoption of the either program. Participants will actively participate in activities to prepare for teaching of these guided inquiry courses. Come join us. PEYT and PSET are published by It's About Time. Organizer: Kathleen Falconer

  • W05: Physics By Design

    Date/Time

    • Sat, Feb 4
    • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    Organizer

    Julia Olsen

    Cost

    • Members: $125.00
    • Non-members: $150.00

    Seats

    • Max: 30
    • Available: 20

    What is understanding? What is the relationship between knowledge and understanding? What does "teaching for understanding" look like? Why is deeper understanding important in the current educational climate which emphasizes standardized assessments? These and other important questions will be explored as participants design, develop and refine a cohesive unit plan based on the principles found in Understanding by Design (UbD). In the UbD classroom, there are high expectations and incentives for all students while exploration of big ideas and essential questions is differentiated, so students who are able delve more deeply into the subject matter than others. This workshop is appropriate for instructors from pre-high school through college levels. Participants will receive a copy of UbD, 2nd Ed. Note: participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own laptops to the workshop, but a limited number of computers may be available. Please contact the organizer (jkolsen@u.arizona.edu) if you will need one. Organizer: Julia Olsen

  • T02: Teaching Statistical and Thermal Physics

    Date/Time

    • Sat, Feb 4
    • 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

    Organizer

    Jan Tobochnik

    Co-Organizer(s)

    Harvey Gould

    Cost

    • Members: $70.00
    • Non-members: $95.00

    Seats

    • Max: 20
    • Available: 15

    This workshop will provide suggestions for the improvement of the teaching of statistical and thermal physics including the use of computer simulations, the treatment in detail of concepts from probability theory and thermodynamics, and the inclusion of approaches from current research. The workshop will use examples from the presenters' recent newly published text. Participants are encouraged to bring their own computers.

  • W12: Teaching About Radioactivity

    Date/Time

    • Sat, Feb 4
    • 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Organizer

    Alice Flarend

    Cost

    • Members: $80.00
    • Non-members: $105.00

    Seats

    • Max: 20
    • Available: 13

    Topics discussed will be: atomic models, half-life, nuclear fission, nuclear reactors. Most activities use low-cost materials and computer simulations so that they are accessible in many teaching venues. This workshop will be a sharing of methods and constructivist activities for teachers of all experience and teaching levels. Participants will receive a copy of the activities from the PTRA Teaching about Radioactivity resource. Please bring a laptop if possible.

  • W13: Hands On Activities for Teaching About Light

    Date/Time

    • Sat, Feb 4
    • 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Organizer

    Pati Sievert

    Cost

    • Members: $92.00
    • Non-members: $117.00

    Seats

    • Max: 30
    • Available: 23

    Explore light activities designed to help students wrap their minds around the concepts. Topics covered include color mixing, ray tracing, relative energy levels of various colored light, diffraction, inverse square law, refraction, and reflection. The items are used in informal physics education, but are also suitable for the classroom, from elementary through high school. All the apparatus used in the workshop can be constructed inexpensively with readily available materials. Instructions and resources for all activities will be provided and a few will be constructed by participants to take back to the classroom.

  • W14: Photons and Phonons In the Advanced Lab

    Date/Time

    • Sat, Feb 4
    • 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Organizer

    Barbara Hoeling, Nina Abramzon

    Co-Organizer(s)

    Barbara M. Hoeling and the Cal Poly Pomona Physics Department

    Cost

    • Members: $90.00
    • Non-members: $115.00

    Seats

    • Max: 30
    • Available: 19

    This workshop is appropriate for college and university faculty who teach labs beyond the first year. We will demonstrate five of our upper division experiments at Cal Poly Pomona: inquiry based He spectrum, investigation of entangled photon properties, measurements of phonon energies in a tunnel diode, phase shifts upon total reflection at dielectric interfaces, and experiments in Fourier optics and spatial filtering. Attendees will spend about one hour at each station to discuss instrumentation, lab procedures, and pedagogy. Documentation will be provided for each experiment, with sample data, equipment lists, and construction or purchase information.

  • Cancelled: W15: Ranking Tasks

    Date/Time

    • Sat, Feb 4
    • 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Organizer

    Martha Lietz

    Cost

    • Members: $75.00
    • Non-members: $100.00

    Seats

    • Max: 24
    • Available: 23

    Alternative Workshops: W20 or W25 - Ranking tasks are different from traditional textbook problems and their design is based on findings from PER. Ranking tasks are wonderful for getting students to think conceptually about phenomena, rather than just plugging numbers into equations. They are great for class discussion, for homework and for assessments. Several have appeared on Advanced Placement Physics exams in recent years. In this workshop, we will provide an introduction to ranking tasks and provide some examples. We will also provide time for participants to create and share their own ranking tasks. And we will discuss how tasks can be modified for all levels of physics students, including conceptual high school physics through calculus-based introductory physics (and higher?). Special attention will be paid to ranking task use in high schools, but all are welcome.

  • W16: Teaching Physics Using NASCAR

    Date/Time

    • Sat, Feb 4
    • 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Organizer

    Don Franklin

    Cost

    • Members: $75.00
    • Non-members: $100.00

    Seats

    • Max: 60
    • Available: 52

    Description: Want to take Physics out of the textbook and into real life? This reality workshop will allow you to travel to a NASCAR track, dialog with an engineer, ride around the track in a van and sit in the pits while the cars are making laps around the track. For an additional fee, you can also ride in the passenger seat for four laps or drive the car on the track yourself for ten laps. Help the motor heads in your school see Physics in Action. Have them coming to class asking what part Physics played in how the car?s finish. Now you can teach for the moment! Transportation is included in the cost of this workshop, as well as a copy of textbook: Fast Car Physics. The van(s) will depart from the Ontario Convention Center.

  • Cancelled: W17: Physics Standards for College Success

    Date/Time

    • Sat, Feb 4
    • 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Organizer

    Pat Heller

    Co-Organizer(s)

    Gay Stewart

    Cost

    • Members: $85.00
    • Non-members: $110.00

    Seats

    • Max: 25
    • Available: 25

    Why should you care about new K-12 national and state physics standards? What is different about these physics new standards? What effect will the new standards have on physics curriculum and instruction in middle school, high school and college? In this workshop you will compare the physics standards of your state with the "college-ready" physics standards, which reflect best practices and current research about student learning. You will discuss and plan the impact of the new physics standards on the courses you teach high school students or future teachers in college.

  • W21: Energy and the Environment Hands-On Activities

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Feb 5
    • 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Organizer

    John Welch

    Cost

    • Members: $74.00
    • Non-members: $99.00

    Seats

    • Max: 25
    • Available: 11

    This workshop will present some of the activities developed at the Cabrillo College Summer Energy Academy to teach basic concepts having to do with Energy and the Environment. Our NSF funded program is designed to spark or strengthen an interest in science among high school seniors. Workshop participants will do the activities as the students normally would, with time afterwards for discussion as teachers. Activities will include a game for teaching what īpeak oil? means, building micro wind generators and measuring power output, and tracing energy conversions through various systems.

  • W22: Approaching Quantum Mechanics By Playing With Polaroids

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Feb 5
    • 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Organizer

    Marisa Michelini

    Co-Organizer(s)

    Lorenzo Santi, David Sokoloff, Alberto Stefanel

    Cost

    • Members: $70.00
    • Non-members: $95.00

    Seats

    • Max: 25
    • Available: 16

    A research-based inquiry method for learning quantum mechanics (QM) was tested in more than 20 secondary school classes. The approach involves the development of the quantum way of thinking in rigorous terms by analyzing the simple phenomenon of light polarization. The method focuses on the essential aspects of the concepts of the quantum state, the superposition principle, the wave-particle duality, the uncertainty principle, the specific meaning of measurement. In the Workshop, after a presentation of the method and its comparison with other approaches, the participants will work in groups by means of tutorials analyzing one/two steps of the method. In a plenary discussion, we will bring together all the steps of the method as a coherent whole.

  • W23: CASTLE

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Feb 5
    • 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Organizer

    Dick Feren

    Cost

    • Members: $95.00
    • Non-members: $120.00

    Seats

    • Max: 20
    • Available: 12

    Participants will explore complex concepts using simple equipment in straightforward experiments designed to promote image-based understanding of electromagnetic field concepts that are usually developed mathematically. These include using a portable radio to detect an electric field radiated by accelerating charge when a current is turned on or off; using shaped-wire circuits to show that magnetic fields of turned-on current contain energy that radiation carries to the radio; using a transformer with a variable iron core as a dimmer and brightener for a bulb at the output. The current detected in the coil with the moving magnet, and the changing output of the transformer with the variable core are both predicted by Faraday's Law.

  • Cancelled: W24: All Heated Up!

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Feb 5
    • 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Organizer

    Mandy Frantti

    Cost

    • Members: $70.00
    • Non-members: $95.00

    Seats

    • Max: 20
    • Available: 20

    Participants will consider heat energy versus temperature, starting with common and familiar examples, like baking a cake, to the abstract and impressive, like interstellar space and black holes. Space examples, e.g. black holes, interests and excites students. Content will be delivered to participants that will provide them with interesting information about space. In addition, student misconceptions about heat and temperature, will be addressed, along with finding ways to dispel those misconceptions. Teachers will have the opportunity to think about possible goals for the classroom with the information provided in the session about heat vs. temperature. Participants will engage in activities/demonstrations that can easily be taken back to the classroom, and they will get information about much more involved experiments that can be done in the classroom over a longer period of time. Material presented by NASA Astrophysics Educator Ambassador; NASA materials will be distributed.

  • W25: NTIPERs: Research-Based Reasoning Tasks for Intro Mech

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Feb 5
    • 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Organizer

    Stephen Kanim

    Co-Organizer(s)

    Curtis Hieggelke, David Maloney

    Cost

    • Members: $70.00
    • Non-members: $95.00

    Seats

    • Max: 24
    • Available: 15

    NTIPERs: Research-Based REasoning Tasks for Introductory Mechanics - Students often rely on formulas and algorithms to solve problems without really understanding underlying physics concepts. TIPERs (Tasks Inspired by Physics Education Research) are exercises for students in alternate formats that encourage a focus on physics concepts. In this workshop we will introduce these alternative task formats that support active learning approaches, that can be incrementally incorporated into instruction, and that can be employed in all areas of physics. Many of the tasks are adapted directly from physics education research tasks, or have been designed to address difficulties described in the PER literature. Participants will work in groups to develop a set of TIPERs. These will be shared with and discussed by the group. Participants will receive published collections of TIPERs.

  • Cancelled:W26: Ben Franklin Is My Lab Partner

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Feb 5
    • 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Organizer

    Robert A. Morse

    Cost

    • Members: $82.00
    • Non-members: $107.00

    Seats

    • Max: 20
    • Available: 20

    Benjamin Franklin's experiments and observations on electricity established not only his reputation as a scientist, but also our electrical conventions and vocabulary, and the principle of charge conservation. In his letters, Franklin builds, test, and defends his model with skill and eloquence, arguing from experiment and sharing both his wisdom and doubts, while clearly conveying his fascination with electricity. As Franklin was not formally schooled in mathematics, his theory was qualitative, and is an approachable example of hands- on and minds-on construction of a conceptual model with significant explanatory power. In this workshop, developed by the author at the Wright Center for Science Teaching at Tufts University, working with Franklin's descriptions, we will recreate many of his experiments using modern, inexpensive equipment. Participants will receive equipment and a CD-ROM containing the workshop manual, a collection of Franklin's letters relating to electricity, and movie clips illustrating the experiments.

  • Cancelled: W27: Implementation of Tutorials in Intro Physics

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Feb 5
    • 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Organizer

    Lillian McDermott

    Cost

    • Members: $95.00
    • Non-members: $120.00

    Seats

    • Max: 32
    • Available: 29

    Implementation of Tutorials in Introductory Physics in Different Instructional Environments - Participants will work through an example of this research-based and research-validated curriculum.* They will also have the opportunity to learn from the experience of faculty who have used Tutorials at a wide range of institutions. The workshop will address implementation in large courses with single and multiple instructors and in small courses with a single instructor. The components that experience has shown are required for maximum effectiveness will be identified. The workshop will cover strategies for (1) coordinating tutorials with other course components, (2) recruiting and supporting tutorial instructors (e.g., graduate and undergraduate students), (3) securing ?buy-in? from faculty and students, and (4) assessing the impact on student learning. *Tutorials in Introductory Physics, First Ed., L.C. McDermott, P.S. Shaffer, and the PEG at the University of Washington, Prentice Hall (2002). Project supported by a series of NSF grants, including DUE 1022449

  • W28: Modeling Amusement Pk Physics

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Feb 5
    • 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Organizer

    Wolfgang Christian

    Co-Organizer(s)

    Mario Belloni, Anne Cox

    Cost

    • Members: $70.00
    • Non-members: $95.00

    Seats

    • Max: 24
    • Available: 15

    Modeling Amusement Park Physics with EJS Simulations and Tracker Video Analysis - How do physical laws affect amusement park ride design? Rides must be designed with physics and engineering tolerances in mind, but they also need to be exciting but not dangerous to the rider. Amusement park rides are rich in physics content and are an exciting context for learning physics and this workshop will use EJS computer models and Tracker video modeling to study physics them. These simulations can be used for computer demonstrations or as virtual laboratories in high-school and undergraduate courses, or serve as programming examples and tasks for computational physics with higher-level students. Participants of the workshop will receive a CD with these EJS simulations and Tracker video models; and these models are also in the OSP ComPADRE Collection at: http://www.compadre.org/osp/. Partial funding for this workshop was obtained through NSF grant DUE-0442581.

  • W29: Affordable High-Speed Video Analysis

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Feb 5
    • 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Organizer

    Dwain Desbian

    Co-Organizer(s)

    David Weaver

    Cost

    • Members: $70.00
    • Non-members: $95.00

    Seats

    • Max: 20
    • Available: 10

    In this workshop participants will learn about consumer level high speed cameras (up to 1000 FPS) and use them to perform video analysis of motion. Limitations of the cameras and quality examples will be discussed. Participants don't need their own camera to attend this workshop.

  • W18: Arduino Microcontrollers in the Physics Lab

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Feb 5
    • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    Organizer

    Eric Ayars

    Cost

    • Members: $170.00
    • Non-members: $195.00

    Seats

    • Max: 12
    • Available: 0

    The Arduino is an open-source microcontroller system that is relatively easy to use in a broad range of situations. In this workshop we will be building and programming an Arduino for a variety of purposes including experiment control and data logging. Participants will gain their own Arduino and the software needed to customize and extend its capabilities, as well as all schematics, sources, software, and a basic skill-set for getting started with using Arduino microcontrollers as lab tools. Participants must bring a laptop. Prior experience in soldering and/or c programming will be helpful, but is not required.

  • W19: Reformed Teacher Observation Protocol (RTOP)

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Feb 5
    • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    Organizer

    Kathleen Falconer

    Cost

    • Members: $93.00
    • Non-members: $118.00

    Seats

    • Max: 25
    • Available: 17

    The Reformed Teaching Observation Protocol (RTOP) is a 25-item rubric that provides a percentile measure of the degree and type of student-centered, constructivist, inquiry-based engagement in an instructional situation. RTOP scores correlate very highly with student conceptual gains. In this workshop, we will score video vignettes of teaching to learn how to use RTOP for guiding personal reflection and improvement and change of our own teaching; for mentoring peers, novice teachers, and student teachers; and to establish a vocabulary for discussing reformed teaching practices. If you wish, you may bring a DVD of your own teaching to score.

  • W20: Research-Based Alt To Traditional Problem-Solving Exer.

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Feb 5
    • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    Organizer

    Kathy Harper

    Co-Organizer(s)

    Thomas M. Foster, David P. Maloney

    Cost

    • Members: $95.00
    • Non-members: $120.00

    Seats

    • Max: 24
    • Available: 12

    Research-Based Alternatives to Traditional Problem-Solving Exercises - Accumulating research on problem solving in physics clearly indicates that traditional, end-of-chapter exercises in physics texts are not useful and may actually hinder students' learning of important physics concepts. The research also raises questions about the efficacy of such tasks for helping students develop "problem solving skills." In light of these results the question is: What alternative tasks can we use to help students develop problem solving skills and a conceptual understanding? This workshop will review the research and then provide examples of several alternative tasks and their use. Participants will also get practice writing alternative problems in a variety of formats for use in their own classrooms.

  • W30: Astronomy Is a Verb

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Feb 5
    • 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Organizer

    Timothy F. Slater

    Co-Organizer(s)

    Stephanie J. Slater

    Cost

    • Members: $70.00
    • Non-members: $95.00

    Seats

    • Max: 30
    • Available: 18

    Astronomy is a Verb: Engaging Novice Science Students in Scaffolded Astronomical Research - How do I help my students to engage in scientific research and participate in scientific discourse ? in short, to do science themselves rather than just learn about it? Modern cognitive science demonstrates that in order for novice science students to effectively design, conduct, report, and defend science observations and experiments, learners must be purposefully supported in each step of the scientific process before they are able to successfully pursue scientific questions of their own design. This participatory workshop for teachers and professors provides strategies for bringing these two ideas together. It is an introduction to scaffolding strategies that teach students to fruitfully engage in scientific thinking and design astronomy investigations by mining online astronomy databases such as GalaxyZoo and JPL's Solar System Simulator. All participants and will receive copies of classroom-ready inquiry teaching materials for guiding students inquiry in astronomy and are encouraged to bring laptops.

  • Cancelled: W31: ComPADRE

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Feb 5
    • 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Organizer

    Bruce Mason

    Cost

    • Members: $70.00
    • Non-members: $95.00

    Seats

    • Max: 25
    • Available: 25

    This workshop will provide an introduction to collecting, organizing, and sharing teaching resources through the ComPADRE community collections. We will help participants learn to find materials for their students and themselves and build a personalized reference library. There will be a focus on the unique content available in ComPADRE from interactive and customizable simulations to tutorials and assessments, although the topics and resource types covered will be tailored to the needs of the audience. The participants will also have a chance to browse some of the unique events and tools provided by the ComPADRE editors and staff.

  • W32: Writing Apps for the IPhone and the IPad

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Feb 5
    • 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Organizer

    Andrew Duffy

    Cost

    • Members: $75.00
    • Non-members: $100.00

    Seats

    • Max: 32
    • Available: 9

    This workshop is a basic introduction to creating apps for the iPhone, the iPod Touch, and the iPad. No prior knowledge is assumed. We will cover the basics of drawing and animating; learn a little Objective-C; become familiar with the XCode environment in which apps are created on the Mac; and get an introduction to Interface Builder, where we lay out various buttons and sliders, etc. Workshop attendees should bring their own Mac computers, with Apple?s latest version of XCode already downloaded and installed. Xcode is available for $4.99 at the Mac App Store.

  • Canceled: W33: ISLE - Followup

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Feb 5
    • 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Organizer

    Eugenia Etkina

    Co-Organizer(s)

    David Brookes, Dedra Demaree, Xueli Zou

    Cost

    • Members: $80.00
    • Non-members: $105.00

    Seats

    • Max: 25
    • Available: 25

    The goal of this workshop is to bring together those who previously attended the AAPT workshop "Learning physics by practicing science" or any other related workshop and started implementing the Investigative Science Learning Environment (ISLE) in their courses. The ISLE-follow-up workshop will help the participants solve every-day problems of ISLE implementation: students? building and testing models, student discourse, time management, assessment, and lab design. Following the workshop, the participants will join the on-line community of ISLErs and will have an opportunity to share their successes and challenges with fellow instructors. We will also discuss how to use ISLE in the courses for pre- and in- service teachers.

  • W34: Learner-Centered Environment for Algebra-Based Physics

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Feb 5
    • 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Organizer

    Paula Engelhardt

    Co-Organizer(s)

    Steve Robinson

    Cost

    • Members: $70.00
    • Non-members: $95.00

    Seats

    • Max: 30
    • Available: 14

    Learner-Centered Environment for Algebra-Based Physics (LEAP) - The Learner-centered Environment for Algebra-based Physics (LEAP) is a newly developed, two semester physics curriculum for algebra-based physics. The course pedagogy and activity sequence is guided by research on student learning of physics and builds on the work of the NSF supported project, Physics for Everyday Thinking (PET). Students work in groups to develop their understanding of various physics phenomena including forces, energy, electricity and magnetism, light and optics. Students utilize hands-on experiments and computer simulations to provide evidence to support their conceptual understanding. Traditional problem solving is scaffolded by using the S.E.N.S.E. problem solving strategy. During this workshop, participants will be introduced to the LEAP curriculum and S.E.N.S.E. problem solving strategy, will examine and work through a sample of the types of activities students do. We hope to be able to view video from the college LEAP classroom. *Supported in part by NSF CCLI grant #DUE-0737324

  • Cancelled: W35: Modeling Applied To Problem Solving Pedagogy

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Feb 5
    • 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Organizer

    Dave Pritchard

    Co-Organizer(s)

    Analia Barrantes, Carolin Cardamone, Saif Rayyan, Daniel Seaton, Raluca Teodorescu

    Cost

    • Members: $70.00
    • Non-members: $95.00

    Seats

    • Max: 35
    • Available: 35

    Modeling Applied to Problem solving Pedagogy and Integrated Online Environment - This workshop will introduce participants to a modeling-based approach to problem solving, a pedagogy that enables students to attain significant expert-like improvement of their problem solving. Students develop more expert-like attitudes towards science, particularly in problem-solving self confidence, and the skills they learn transfer to a subsequent E&M course. The workshop goal is to enable participants to introduce some or all of this pedagogy into their courses with the help of our Integrated Learning Environment for Mechanics (ILEM). Hosted in LON-CAPA, an open source online learning environment, ILEM incorporates our modeling pedagogy into a standard introductory mechanics syllabus and combines multi-level research-based homework sets with a WIKI-text. Workshop participants will sample the various teaching materials for in-class use and will participate in some innovative activities (participants are encouraged to bring their laptops for a hands-on introduction to ILEM). We seek users/collaborators for our materials, which can be freely modified.

  • W36: Potpourri of Physics Simulations

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Feb 5
    • 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Organizer

    Paul Williams

    Co-Organizer(s)

    Tom O'Kuma

    Cost

    • Members: $75.00
    • Non-members: $100.00

    Seats

    • Max: 24
    • Available: 12

    A large number of simulations have become available over the last few years. This workshop will look at simulations from a consumer's point of view with a focus on effectively using simulations in the Physics classroom. A number of strategies for incorporating simulations into instruction such as free inquiry activities, guided inquiry activities, lab activities (including quantitative data acquisition), and conceptual exercises based on simulations will be explored. The workshop will focus on three packages of simulations/animations that are available for free on the web including PhET simulations, Physlet simulations, and simulations and animations from the MIT TEAL site. As part of the workshop, participants will design an activity which incorporates a simulation. Participants who wish to run the simulations from their own laptop are encouraged to bring their laptop to the workshop.

  • W37: Reaching, Teaching and Keeping Underrepresented Groups

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Feb 5
    • 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Organizer

    Juan Burciaga

    Cost

    • Members: $78.00
    • Non-members: $103.00

    Seats

    • Max: 20
    • Available: 11

    he purpose of the workshop is to increase the effectiveness of teachers (K-12) and college faculty in constructing inclusive learning environments in their classrooms and beyond. Workshop participants, using guided discussion and collaborative exercises, will explore pedagogical philosophies, outreach paradigms, and assessment strategies that can be adapted for their own use. Participants will also investigate the factors that can help (or hinder) wide-spread, permanent change. Though focused particularly on under-represented groups, the workshop is actually geared toward making the learning of physics more effective for all students. The pedagogical exercises are built on physics at the senior high school or introductory college level but most teachers in the K-20 educational enterprise may find the workshop useful.

  • W38: Sweet Labs in Physics and Optics With Candy Glass

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Feb 5
    • 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Organizer

    William R. Heffner

    Cost

    • Members: $70.00
    • Non-members: $95.00

    Seats

    • Max: 16
    • Available: 5

    Glass is seldom discussed in our study of matter, yet it is one of the most ubiquitous materials in our everyday life and provides numerous applications in optics, devices and materials. In this workshop we provide an introduction to glass science for the teacher through a series of low cost experiments with candy glass, a.k.a. hard candy. Experiments will include the making of candy glass, preparing optical fibers, measuring refractive index, exploring polarization and crystallization - all with commonly available materials and minimal cost. The experiments can be tailored for use in the classroom demonstration or student labs from middle school through high school or even college labs. Additional material will be available on our website at http://www.lehigh.edu/imi/libraryglassedu.html

  • W39: Video Resource for Learning Assistant Development

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Feb 5
    • 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Organizer

    Rachel Scherr

    Co-Organizer(s)

    Renee Michelle Goertzen

    Cost

    • Members: $70.00
    • Non-members: $95.00

    Seats

    • Max: 40
    • Available: 31

    The Video Resource for Learning Assistant Development is a package of thematic case-based 'video workshops' created to complement and enhance the LA pedagogy course developed by the University of Colorado - Boulder. The video episodes for this project showcase a variety of exemplary LA-relevant instructional formats including Tutorials in Introductory Physics, Modeling Instruction, Investigative Science Learning Environment, and Open Source Tutorials. The Video Resource for LA Development provides LAs (or any instructor) with opportunities to observe, discuss, and reflect on teaching situations similar to the ones they themselves face, developing their pedagogical content knowledge and supporting their emerging identity as teaching professionals. Participants will be provided with the Resource materials.

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