The 2014 AAPT/PTRA (Physics Teacher Resource Agent) Trainer Institute will be held July 23-26, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota just prior to the national AAPT summer meeting. The first meeting will be at 6PM on Wednesday, July 23 at the Courtyard Marriott (room TBD). The agenda is being finalized, but will include the following: updates on STEM probes and technology from Vernier, PASCO, and TI, recently developed Perimeter modules, and revision/development of PTRA topics to modules integrating technology, engineering, math as well as adaptations for elementary and middle school. The plan includes dividing the participants into groups to target specific content areas. A survey will be posted later for participants to indicate the area they would like to work on.
AAPT/PTRA will pay up to $500/person for travel. Special arrangements have been made with Delta (http://aapt.org/Conferences/
If you prefer, you may book through the travel agency. They have the names of those attending. There will be a service fee but if your cost is below $500 it will be folded into that cost. This will allow you to make travel arrangements without having to wait for reimbursement from AAPT. To book through the travel agency there are three options for making travel arrangements with Travel-On. The phone numbers for Travel-On are 240 387-4200 or 888 495-7770.
They can reference this link to book their travel – https://travelon.wufoo.com/
If you would like to contact Travel-On by email, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org. You will need to provide the information below.
1. Name as it appears on your government-issued identification: Last/First/middle
2. Date of Birth:
4. Email Address:
5. phone number: business/cell
6. Date of Departure:
7. Preferred Departure Time (morning, afternoon, evening, etc):
8. Home Airport you would depart from:
9. Preferred Airport you would arrive into:
10. Date of Return:
11. Preferred Departure Time (morning, afternoon, evening)
12. Do you have a seat preference or frequent flier numbers?
13. Do you have any other special needs?
Participants are expected to cover all other expenses such as AAPT Summer Meeting registration. Payment of full registration for the summer meeting is also a requirement for participating in the leadership conference. It is suggested you register asap to get the cheaper rate. The link to the AAPT registration page is: http://aapt.org/Conferences/sm2014/
Housing information: You may stay wherever you want, but the headquarters for the conference is the Courtyard Minneapolis. The Commons hotel is also available and we are checking on the dorms.
Courtyard Marriot information is :
1500 Washington Avenue South
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55454
The new Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown Hotel is located steps away from the West Bank of the University of Minnesota. For your convenience the hotel offers a complimentary, on-demand shuttle to the East Bank campus.
Single/Double: $139* single/double (all sleeping rooms include complimentary wireless)
*(all rates are subject to state and local taxes currently assessed at 13.40%)
Reservations can be made directly with The Marriott Courtyard Downtown by calling 1-877-699-3216. You must request the group rate for the AAPT 2014 Meeting. You can also book a room online by clicking here. All rooms must be booked by July 1, 2014. It is suggested that you book your room early, since the hotel/room block can sell out before the cut-off date.