Physics Team 30th Anniversary

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In 1986, under the direction of the AAPT Executive Officer, Jack Wilson, the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) organized the United States Physics Team for the first time. — AAPT.ORG

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Join the 30th Anniversary of the U.S. Physics Team Celebration Weekend in Washington, D.C. on May 27-28, 2016. Fun activities are planned for you, your family and friends. Join fellow U.S. Physics Team alumni, coaches, academic directors, parents and friends of AAPT. A tentative schedule of festivities is listed below.


Please click here to register for this exciting weekend.


A block of guest rooms has been reserved at the Hilton Garden Inn Washington, DC/U.S. Capitol.  Follow this link to reserve your hotel room today. The hotel cut-off date has been extended until Friday, May 13.  


Friday, May 27, 2016

NASA, Einstein, Air and Space Museum Tours - Transportation provided with lunch on your own at NASA Cafeteria

  • 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (NASA Headquarters)  
  • Ellen StofanEllen Stofan
    Tony SpringerTony Springer
    Michelle ThallerMichelle Thaller
    This will be an interactive discussion with key NASA staff,  Ellen Stofan, Tony Springer, and Michelle Thaller for whom STEM is a priority. You will participate in a discussion how to get more students to pursue STEM and the mismatch between student education levels and actual skills on the job. The voices of students and those in their early and mid careers are important and will enable the U.S. Physics Team alumni to talk to NASA about STEM educational preparation and workforce readiness. Students and alumni will benefit greatly from hearing about the skills required to work at NASA.
  • 1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Albert Einstein Memorial) - Take advantage of a photo opportunity at the Albert Einstein Memorial
  • 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum) - Enjoy the afternoon at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum.
  • 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Cocktail Reception at the Hilton Garden Inn) - Join your friends and colleagues for an afternoon cocktail reception before heading out to dinner.
  • 6:30 8:30 p.m. (Dine Around D.C.)- Join your friends and colleagues for dinner at a nearby neighborhood restaurant. AAPT will make the reservation, but each diner is responsible for his or her own check. Pre-registration is required.
  • Saturday, May 28, 2016


    Jim GatesSylvester James Gates Jr.

    Take the morning to relax or explore the sites and sounds of Washington, D.C.
    • 11:15 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (2016 U.S. Physics Team Camp) Join the 2016 U.S. Physics Team at the University of Maryland for camp tour and lunch.
    • 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (30th Celebration Welcome Reception and Dinner, Hilton Garden Inn Washington, D.C./U.S. Capitol, 1225 First Street, N.E., WDC) - Enjoy an evening with Dr. Sylvester James Gates Jr. who is an American theoretical physicist, known for work on supersymmetry, supergravity, and superstring theory. He will discuss "The Birth of Sono-Astronomy -- When the Cosmos Does the Wave".  He is currently a Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland, College Park, a University of Maryland Regents Professor and serves on President Barack Obama's Council of Advisers on Science and Technology.
    • 9:00 p.m. (Hospitality Lounge) Wrap-up you weekend networking in the hospitality lounge.


Contact Information

For more details and information about the US Physics Team, please contact AAPT's Programs department at 301-209-3340 or