AAPT Winter Meeting 2022


2022 Winter Meeting Workshop Registration

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AAPT is offering a number of virtual workshops in association with the upcoming AAPT 2022 Virtual Winter Meeting.  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 that are four hours will cost $50 for members and $100 for non-members (unless otherwise noted). All workshops over four hours will cost $80 for members and $160 for non-members. Some workshops will reimburse participants for all or some of their workshops fees. Please read workshop description for details. 

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. 

2022 AAPT Virtual Winter Meeting

The 2022 AAPT Virtual Winter Meeting will be held January 6-8.  

2022 AAPT Virtual Winter Meeting Workshops

The 2022 AAPT Virtual Winter Meeting Workshops will be held January 21-23.


Friday, January 21

Title:  Just Physics? Community Conversations
Code: W21A
Date: Friday, January 21
Time: 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM (EST)
Organizer: Deepak Iyer
Co-organizer: Shannon Wachowski
Cost: $25 Member / $50 non-member

Join the editors of the new TPT column "Just Physics?" and some of the authors who've written for us in a conversation surrounding issues of justice in physics and physics education!

Title: Promoting STEM Student Resilience Through Growth Mindset Communication
Date: Friday, January 21
Time: 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)
Organizers: Rebecca Rosenblatt
Co-Organizer: Rebecca Lindell
Cost: $50 Member / $100 non-member

This workshop brings together Physics Education Research experts and distance learning and mathematics education experts from Western Governors University to present a workshop on engaging best practices for promoting physics and math student resilience through growth mindset communication. Workshop presenters will introduce the topic of growth mindset and resilience to participants through a series on engaging activities and role-playing demonstrations. Attention will also be given to sharing communication strategies and practicing communication skills via small group activities.

Improving persistence and retention rates in physics and math courses is one of the largest challenges facing STEM higher education today. Research shows that effective faculty-student communication can help alleviate students’ fear of physics, math, and other STEM courses and improve student persistence within these courses. In addition, research suggests that focusing on student resilience through growth mindset techniques may be the key to improving persistence and retention rates especially for nontraditional or minority STEM students. However, we as faculty are not always expert at the interpersonal communication skills necessary to communicate effectively with today’s students, and despite recognizing the importance of resilience and growth mindset in STEM education, STEM instructors often do not have access to a repertoire of practices to develop resilient learners.

Activities include Exploring Growth Mindset and Resilience, Role Playing of Tough Conversations, and Student-Centered Communication.


Saturday, January 22

Title: Creating Curricular Materials to Accompany Physics Simulations
Code: W22A
Date: Saturday, January 22
Time: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EST)
Organizer: Andrew Duffy
Cost: $50 Member / $100 non-member

The goal of this workshop is, as a group, to create curricular materials (e.g., recitation activities, class worksheets, or simulation-based labs) that are based on this set of 200+ physics simulations that are aimed at introductory physics at the college level, as well as high school physics.

For more information visit https://physics.bu.edu/~duffy/sims.html

There are already some existing curricular materials, created by our Boston University group as well as by others, so we'll look at what already exists, and then take some time to build, individually or in small groups, more materials that we can share and make use of in our own classes.

Title: (Cancelled) Teaching Waves with PEER Physics: Free Resources for General Physics
Code: W22B
Date: Saturday, January 22
Time: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EST)
Organizer: Emily Quinty
Co-Organizer: Valerie Otero
Cost: $50 Member / $100 non-member

This workshop is intended for high school conceptual physics teachers and for university faculty who support in-service or preservice teachers to enact the NGSS. In this interactive workshop, participants will engage with the newly released (and FREE!) NGSS-aligned PEER Physics Waves unit. By working through one of the waves activities, we will consider ways to support students as they make claims from data, construct models, and argue from evidence. Participants will also engage with student work to characterize the classroom conditions necessary for enacting the NGSS.

Title: PIRA Lecture Demonstrations I & II Condensed
Code: W22C
Date: Saturday, January 22
Time: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EST)
Organizer: Dale Stille
Co-Organizers: Sam Sampere, David Sturm, Cliff Bettis, Adam Beehler, Keith Warren
Cost: $50 Member / $100 non-member

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 via Zoom. A computer, tablet, or other device capable of viewing and/or recording the virtual workshop will be needed.

Title: Coding and Data Science Integration in High School Physics and Physical Science
Code: W22D
Date: Saturday, January 22
Time: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EST)
Organizer: Chris Orban
Co-Organizer:  Richelle Teeling-Smith
Grant funds from AIP will reduce the cost of this workshop
Cost before reimbursement: $70 Member / $120 non-member
Reimbursement (post workshop): $50
Ever wondered how to integrate a little bit of coding or data science into a high school physics or physical science class without overwhelming your students or taking up lots of class time? This hands-on workshop will provide an overview of simple, conceptually-motivated “STEMcoding” exercises where students construct PhET-like games like asteroids and angry birds using an in-browser editor that works great on chromebooks or whatever devices you have. We will also provide a tutorial of the STEMcoding Object Tracker which is a browser-based program that can track the motion of brightly colored objects against a solid colored background. Students can analyze the tracking data in Excel or Google sheets to extract the velocity and acceleration as a hands-on introduction to data science. These activities are part of a much wider curriculum that is highlighted on the STEMcoding YouTube channel (http://youtube.com/c/STEMcoding). The STEMcoding project is led by Prof. Chris Orban from Ohio State Physics and Prof. Richelle Teeling-Smith in the physics department at the University of Mt. Union.
Sunday, January 23

Title: (Cancelled) Muon Activities in the Classroom
Code: W23A
Date: Sunday, January 23
Time: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM (EST)
Organizer: Shane Wood
Cost: $50 Member / $100 non-member (The cost of this workshop has been defrayed by a grant from the American Institute of Physics. Participants will be reimbursed after the workshop.)

The moun—the electron’s heavier cousin—will be the star of this show as we dive into activities from the QuarkNet Data Activities Portfolio that feature this elementary particle. Learn how to engage your students in authentic scientific investigations with data from CERN, Fermilab, and cosmic ray muon detectors. In addition, you will find out how these activities connect to the standards and content you teach in your introductory physics courses as you discuss classroom implementation with other participants. 

Title: Get the Facts Out
Code:  W23B
Date: Sunday, January 23
Time: 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EST)
Organizer: Drew Isola
Co-Organizer: Wendy Adams
Cost: $50 Member / $100 non-member (The cost of this workshop has been defrayed by a grant. Participants will be reimbursed after the workshop.)

In this workshop we will share strategies and resources for recruiting students into physics, chemistry, math and general science teaching careers. The strategies include recommendations for sharing facts about teaching, how to talk to students, listing of venues for reaching students, updated recommendations and resources for sharing the facts virtually. The online resources provided include student presentations, posters, brochures, program flyer templates and presentations for faculty and staff who advise students. All materials are professional quality, research-based and have been extensively user-tested. These materials have been developed as part of Get the Facts Out, an NSF funded project for changing the conversation around STEM teaching recruitment. The project is a partnership between the American Physical Society, American Chemical Society, the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators, and AAPT led by the Colorado School of Mines. This workshop is fully funded by NSF #1821710 & 1821462. Participants who complete this workshop can be reimbursed for their workshop registration fee.

Title: Heliophysics Based Resources for High School and College by the NASA HEAT Team
Date: Sunday, January 23
Time: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EST)
Organizer: Shannon Willoughby
Cost: $50 Member / $100 non-member (Participants who complete the workshop may seek full reimbursement of their workshop registration fee.)

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 Heliophysics Education Activation Team, including labs, lecture tutorials, clicker questions, and diagnostic assessments. These materials address topics that integrate Physics, Earth Science, and Space Science, including (1) habitable zone planets lecture tutorial, (2) use of solar sails versus chemical rockets to explore inside and outside our solar system, (3) understanding exoplanet atmospheres, (4) tracking high energy protons in coronal mass ejections. These 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.)

Title: PTRA and Perimeter Institute: Beyond the Atom: Measuring the Mass of the Higgs Boson
Code: W23D
Date: Sunday, January 23
Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM (EST)
Organizer: Karen Jo Matsler
Co-Organizer: Elizabeth Holsenbeck
Cost: $25 Member / $50 non-member

Come explore Beyond the Atom, a classroom resource designed by educators in collaboration with researchers from Perimeter Institute and CERN to introduce high school students to some of the fundamental ideas in particle physics. Participate in hands-on activities that will engage your students in analyzing data from the LHC that leads to the mass of the Higgs boson. The activities link to the curriculum topics of collisions, conservation of momentum and energy and E = mc squared.

Title: Quantum Party! Using a Board Game to Learn about Quantum Mechanics
Code: W23E
Date: Sunday, January 23
Time: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EST)
Organizer:  Matt Bellis
Cost: $120 Member /$170 non-member (The cost of the workshop covers a copy of the game for each participant, which will be mailed to them in advance of the workshop)

Given the amount of competition students have for their attention (social media, extracurricular activities, jobs, etc), it can be a challenge to get them to fully engage with classroom material while *in* the classroom. There are a variety of approaches to reclaiming some of their attention, such as introducing material so fascinating that they can’t help but think about it outside the classroom or gamifying the classroom interactions to the point that they may not even realize they are learning.

Since 2018, a small group at Siena has been working on a board game that teaches quantum mechanics at the middle- and high-school level, driven by rules inspired by the science behind 4 classic science experiments/observations: the double slit experiment, blackbody radiation, the photoelectric effect, and the Rutherford scattering experiment. The first version of the game was completed in 2021 and is being manufactured by a small company that specializes in independent board games. In addition to the game board and pieces, the game comes with a pamphlet that concisely describes the science behind the game at an introductory level. After workshopping the game with local middle and high school teachers and students, we have a good idea of how this game can be used in the classroom to support your curriculum. 

For this virtual setting, you are encouraged to have someone with you to play the game with, locally, but we can also use breakout rooms for participants to play with each other. We will also have lectures about the science behind the game and its development, and all pedagogical materials will be shared with participants. Time will be allotted for everyone to discuss how the game can best be used in *their* classroom and how it might be improved or expanded upon in future iterations. The cost of the workshop covers a copy of the game for each participant, which will be mailed to them in advance of the workshop.


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