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AAPT NEWS: July 2008

From the Editors
Published July 8, 2008


AAPT Summer Meeting Is Fast Approaching!

EVERYONE WHO REGISTERED BY JUNE 15, 2008, your Early Registrants packet will be mailed to your "preferred mailing address" in advance of the meeting. The packet will include your confirmation letter, name badge, and a meeting program. Look for your packet to arrive in the mail by the second week of July.

EARLY REGISTRANTS CAN SAVE TIME by avoiding the onsite registration line. You may proceed to the Will Call Counter during scheduled hours to pick up name badge(s) for your registered guest(s) and to get answers to meeting-related questions.

MEETING ATTENDEES WHO ARE NOT PRE-REGISTERED must proceed to the Onsite Registration Desk. The Registration Area and Will Call Counter are located in the Engineering Teaching & Learning Complex (ETLC).

Calling on High School Teachers to Explore Physics with TI-Nspire.

AAPT IS LOOKING FOR 24 HIGH SCHOOL PHYSICS TEACHERS to participate in a three-day workshop in Edmonton, Alberta, hosted by Texas Instruments. AAPT will cover the costs for lodging, dinners, and the workshop registration fees (subject to restrictions) for the entire workshop.

The full-day workshops will take place at the Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel, July 17-19, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. In addition, each participant will take home a new TI-Nspire-CAS calculator and a CBR-2 data ranger.

Space is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. For complete guidelines and details, download the brochure from www.aapt.org/Events/SM2008/upload/ti.pdf

News from AAPT

ComPADRE (www.compadre.org) and Open Source Physics Team To Provide New Web-Based Collection of Physics Resources

The Open Source Physics (OSP) project and the ComPADRE Digital Library are pleased to announce the creation of a new web-based collection of OSP resources. The OSP Collection provides curriculum resources that engage students in physics, computation, and computer modeling. Computational physics and computer modeling provide students with new ways to understand, describe, explain, and predict physical phenomena. The materials in the collection connect computational simulations, models, and tools with curricular resources. Registered users of the library (registration is free) can build personal collections of materials, comment on resources, and submit materials for consideration by the OSP Editors.

The OSP collection can be viewed at www.compadre.org/osp.

More information about the Open Source Physics project is available at www.opensourcephysics.org/.

OSP is supported in part by NSF grants DUE-0126439 and DUE-0442481, and ComPADRE is supported in part by NSF grants DUE-0226192 and DUE-0532798.

AAPT Members Conduct Web Seminar

On Thursday, June 12, Cathy Ezrailson, assistant professor at the University of South Dakota, and John Roeder, an AAPT Physics Teaching Resource Agent and physics teacher at the Calhoun School in New York City, presented a web seminar on teaching the concept of energy.

As part of a series of seminars hosted by the NSTA and sponsored by the National Science Digital Library, the event included a tutorial in energy and presented content and resources related to energy from The Physics Front (www.thephysicsfront.org) -- a collection available on the ComPADRE library for K-12 teachers.

The information about to the web seminar, including the presentation slides and an archive of the seminar itself, is available at: http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NSDL2/webseminar12.aspx


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