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College Park, Maryland, United States, October 11, 2007

AAPT Physics Day at the 2007 NSTA Midwestern Area Conference on Science Education in Detroit

The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) will offer Physics Day, a full day of physics education content, on Thursday, October 18—in conjunction with the National Science Teachers Association’s (NSTA) 2007 Midwestern Area Conference on Science Education in Detroit. Physics Day will consist of presentations on physics topics of current interest, physics demonstrations for the pre-college classroom, and a make ‘n’ take session in which participants can construct a physics apparatus for use as a demonstration or laboratory experiment.

The event will be held at the COBO Center, Room O2-33, One Washington Blvd., Detroit, MI, 48226, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

“We are bringing strong physics content to the NSTA Conference to help enrich physics education in classrooms across the Midwest,” said Al Gibson, Presider of Physics Day now retired from Adams High School in Rochester Hills, MI. “We are thrilled to bring this fun day of physics to the people of Detroit. Being in the birthplace of the U.S. auto industry, we are especially delighted to feature topics such as auto engineering, the future of energy use, and how physics education research can improve the effectiveness of teaching.”

Highlights of the day include a presentation by Lindsay Brooke, Senior Editor of SAE Magazines and world-renowned author, discussing physics and the latest trends in the auto industry; a workshop by Professor Ernie Behringer of Eastern Michigan University that focuses on possible energy futures for the nation; and a workshop by Professor Brad Ambrose of Grand Valley State University and Professor Charles Henderson of Western Michigan University on improving instruction in physical science. Physics Day is organized by the teachers of the Michigan Section of AAPT and the Detroit Metropolitan Area Physics Teachers (DMAPT).

Schedule of Activities:

8:00 a.m.-9:15 a.m.
Presentation: Hybrids, Hydrogen, Diesels, Gas—Why Tomorrow's Auto Engineers Need You

10:45 a.m.-12:15 a.m.
Workshop: How Can Physics Education Research Help Me Teach More Effectively?

12:45 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Workshop: Energy Use in the 21st Century—Bringing It Home

2:45 p.m.-4:15 p.m.
Demonstration Show

4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Workshop: Participants Make ‘n’ Take

For more information and to register, visit www.nsta.org/conferences/2007det/program.aspx.


About AAPT

AAPT is the leading organization for physics educators—with 11,000 members worldwide. Our mission is to advance the greater good through physics teaching. We provide our members with many opportunities for professional development, communication, and student enrichment. We serve the larger community through a variety of programs and publications. AAPT was founded in 1930 and is headquartered in the American Center for Physics in College Park, Maryland.

About NSTA
NSTA (Arlington, VA) is the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA's current membership includes more than 55,000 science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in science education.

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