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Upcoming AAPT/PTRA Workshops

The following AAPT/PTRA workshops have been scheduled. If you are interested in attending contact the individual listed below.

The cost of rural regional institutes is free and pays a stipend plus per diem and travel. The cost of an AAPT/PTRA workshop, that isn't a rural institute, is $10.00 per participant per hour. These workshops may be eligible for staff development funding.

Upcoming Workshops
Title: Using Engineering to Teach Physics
Date: 10/14/17
Time: 09:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown
450 Schoolhouse Rd,
Johnstown, PA 15904
Contact: Alice Flarend , (814) 931-2965
Description: It seems everyone is talking engineering these days and physics classes seem like a good place to teach some engineering. However, how do we fit yet another thing into our full curriculum? Participants in this hands-on workshop will learn about engineering projects that work within any physics or physical science curriculum and go beyond guess and check strategies.

Title: Beyond Working Problems: Classroom activities for deeper understanding
Date: 11/04/17
Time: 09:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: University og Pittsburgh - Johnstown
450 Schoolhouse Rd,
Johnstown, PA 15904
Contact: Alice Flarend , (814)9312965
Description: Participants in this workshop will learn about strategies that help students strengthen their physics or physical science knowledge in ways that complement typical problem solving. These strategies work as practice and as formative or summative assessments. All activities have been field tested by actual high school physics teachers and based on Physics Education REsearch.

Title: Something Ancient, Something Classical, Something New
Date: 12/01/17
Time: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
Location: Misericordia University
Hafey-McCormick Science Building, Room 307
301 Lake St.
Dallas, PA 18612-1090
Contact: Patrick Callahan, Dave McCachren, Michael Orleski
Description: http://www.aaptcps.org/AAPTCPS_Meetings/AAPTCPS_Fall2017_Misericordia/PTRA_Announcement_Fall2017.pdf There are some ideas in Physics that have been around for a long time; others are now considered Classical; and others are NEW being only a “few” years old. This fall we will look at ideas from each of these areas. A trip to totality and Eclipse activities falls into the Ancient. Particle Wave duality is now Classical with looks at diffraction and interference and how an interferometer behaves. An engineering challenge using density is also more “Classical”. For the NEW we will be looking at Gravitational Waves and LIGO and more from the Perimeter Institute. Although the ideas are shared for physics, the concepts and activities are appropriate for all levels not just high school.