AAPT Summer Meeting 2021




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2021 Summer Meeting Workshops

AAPT is offering a number of virtual workshops in association with the upcoming AAPT 2021 Virtual Summer Meeting.  These workshops will take place on July 10, 11, 17, 24 and August 7, 14. This is a great opportunity to gather with your colleagues and learn some new teaching techniques, while engaging in thoughtful discussion. Be sure and register early as these workshops can fill-up quickly. 


All workshops four hours and under will cost $50 for members and $100 for non-members. All workshops over four hours will cost $80 for members and $160 for non-members. 

Continuing Education Units (CEU)

Earn CEU hours for attending one of the AAPT workshops.  Earn 0.40 hours for a 1/2 day workshop or 0.80 for a full day workshop. Any workshop under 4 hours does not qualify for CEU hours. 

2021 AAPT Virtual Summer Meeting

The 2021 AAPT Virtual Summer Meeting will be held July 31 - August 4.  Please click here to register. 



Saturday, July 24

W24A: Reshaping Physics Preparation: Collectively Working Towards the Integration of Ethics, Science, And Society into Physics Curricula

There is a critical need to enable junior physicists to become effective, engaged advocates for science and to create inclusive environments for these young scholars. However, few physics classes encourage students to reason about how scientific research impacts and is influenced by society. Repeated, implicit messages that physics is divorced from societal issues can contribute to students’ decisions to leave STEM, particularly students of color (McGee & Bentley 2015) and female students (Eisenhart 1998). We also recognize that few physics instructors have experienced these discussions as students, facilitating discussions around complex, societally-relevant topics can be daunting, and few instructional resources exist for this purpose. 

This workshop will focus on supporting instructors in taking their first steps to design a curricular unit about a large-scale ethical issue for a physics class. Near the start of the workshop, the facilitators will introduce some basic features that our prior research / experience suggest could be important in ethics units, and provide examples of how these features appear in units on nuclear physics and ground-based telescopes in physics classes at Texas State University. Facilitators will also make space for participants to share their goals, motivations, and relevant past experiences as a way to highlight alternative perspectives. Facilitators will then launch the central planning activities of the workshop by facilitating a group discussion around participants’ collective goals and norms that create high accountability to marginalized groups. Participants will work individually and in small groups to identify a topic that they wish to teach about, stakeholders they wish to focus on, key instructional components that would be needed, the scope and depth of the curricular unit they hope to design, and potential challenges they anticipate. At the end of the workshop, participants will identify and share specific next steps they will take to continue their design process into the coming academic year. 

The facilitator team will follow-up with participants in the subsequent academic year to convene one or more additional, informal virtual virtual meetings that help to sustain this work.
Workshop Organizers: Brianne Gutmann and Alice Olmstead
Date: Saturday, July 24
Time: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

Saturday, August 7

W07A: Teaching Physics in an Earth & Space Science Context
Join this fully reimbursable workshop to engage in integrated activities appropriate for high school and introductory college physics and astronomy teachers who want to teach with integration and authentic NASA data. Attendees will use resources developed and tested by physics education researchers through the NASA Space Science Education Consortium, including labs, lecture tutorials, clicker questions, and diagnostic assessments. These materials address topics that integrate Physics, Earth Science, and Space Science, including (1) coronal mass ejection videos to understand both simple mechanics as well as accelerations of relativistic particles, (2) sunspot data to understand period and frequency, (3) eclipses to understand geometric optics, (4) auroral currents to understand electromagnetism, and other activities, as can be found on https://aapt.org/resources/SSEC/. (This workshop is fully funded by a NASA Grant/Cooperative Agreement Number NNX16AR36A awarded to Temple University and the AAPT. Participants who complete the workshop may seek full reimbursement of their workshop registration fee.)
Workshop Organizers: Janelle Bailey, Rebecca Vieyra, Ramon Lopez, Brad Ambrose, Ximena Cid, Darsa Donelan, Shannon Willoughby
Date: Saturday, August 7
Time: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

Saturday, August  14

W14A: PIRA Lecture Demonstrations I & II Condensed 
During this ½ day virtual workshop, we will introduce you to the Physics Instructional Resource Association (PIRA) and the PIRA 200. Almost every demonstration one can think of has a catalog number within the Demonstration Classification System (DCS); we will introduce you to this system and the comprehensive bibliography that details journal articles and demonstration manuals for construction and use in the classroom. The PIRA 200 are the specific 200 most important and necessary demonstrations needed to teach an introductory physics course.  We will also show a subset of approximately 50 demonstrations explaining use, construction, acquisition of materials, and answer any questions in this highly interactive and dynamic environment.  Ideas for organizing and building your demonstration collection will be presented. We especially invite faculty members teaching introductory physics to attend.  
NOTE that this is a paperless workshop.  All information and materials will be distributed on a USB thumb drive or via Zoom.  A computer, tablet, or other device capable of viewing and/or recording the virtual workshop will be needed. 

Workshop Organizers: Dale Stille
Date: Saturday, August 14
Time: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM (EDT)



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