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Date: Tuesday, August 02

 

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Recruiting Students to High School Physics
  Location: SS Ballroom F
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.02
  Time: 1:15PM - 3:05PM
  Presider: Gary White,
  Co-Presiders(s): None
  Equipment: N/A
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Recruiting Strategies for High School Physics
  Location: SS Ballroom F
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.02
  Time: 1:15PM - 1:45PM
  Author: Mike Kennedy
Neuqua Valley High School/U.S. Department of Energy
815-325-0917, mike_kennedy@ipsd.org
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: There is a need to increase the number of students that take physics in high school, especially when you consider the President's national goal of preparing all students in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects. The success of students in the 21st century workforce will depend on students' education in the STEM fields and in many cases their exposure to physics. While at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, IL, I have helped to create a large interest in the physics courses. When I started at Neuqua Valley 10 years ago, I only had nine students in one section of AP Physics. This year there are five full sections of AP Physics that are taught by three teachers. To meet the student demand for physics courses at all levels, we have doubled our physics teaching staff from five teachers to 10 teachers during my tenure at Neuqua Valley. Come learn some strategies that will help you recruit students to your physics classes.
  Footnotes: None
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Why Am I Here? The Development of a Physics Identity through Meaningful High School Physics Experiences
  Location: SS Ballroom F
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.02
  Time: 1:45PM - 2:15PM
  Author: Zahra Hazari
Clemson University, Department of Engineering & Science Education
864-656-4317, zahra@clemson.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: This talk addresses the ways in which high school physics experiences shape students' physics identities and their subsequent persistence, particularly for females and underrepresented minorities. The framework for this work is based upon the concept of a physics identity that is shaped by individuals' performance, competence, interest, and recognition by others. The talk will include results from multiple research studies, including a large national survey study and focused case studies of successful physics teachers (NSF Grant No. 0952460 and 0624444). In particular, the discussion will examine the link between physics identity and physics-related career choices, identify high school physics experiences that quantitatively predict physics identity development, and examine qualitatively what these strategies look like in the classrooms of successful high school physics teachers.
  Footnotes: None
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One Mad Man's Campus Campaigns
  Location: SS Ballroom F
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.02
  Time: 2:15PM - 2:25PM
  Author: Dean Baird, Rio Americano High School
916-607-9104, dean@phyz.org
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: In good times you should advertise, in bad times you must. As the son of an advertiser and a marketer, I have always valued advertising as a recruitment tool. As a high school physics teacher, I have been motivated to maintain or increase my "market share" each year. I have used "dog and pony shows," personalized direct mail campaigns, and a variety of flyer and poster designs. I will detail the relative efficacy of the various campaigns and share specific designs and slogans I have used over the years.
  Footnotes: http://homepage.mac.com/phyzman/NTW/flyers.html
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Can Math Oriented Physics Classes Really Increase Your Number of Students?
  Location: SS Ballroom F
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.02
  Time: 2:25PM - 2:35PM
  Author: Donald G. Franklin, Retired
404-401-3844, dgfrank1@aol.com
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: With 27 years of high school physics experience in five states, which includes eight years of private school, I have a lot of information with which to build my model. Using math as the major emphasis can only work if there is constant review. This can be done by using a textbook or online homework. Here is where they differ: Online homework does away with copying down someone's answers as they are not yours. The teacher becomes a conceptual teacher so that students can solve their problems. Getting the students to follow the problem solving format is the hardest part. Constant review: Giving the same problems to the entire class and then testing them on the new material and review material every week to two weeks allows for students to make up for their mistakes, which they feel they can show that they have learned the material rather than cramming material for the test.
  Footnotes: None
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The Peer Pressure of Student Physics Commercials
  Location: SS Ballroom F
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.02
  Time: 2:35PM - 2:45PM
  Author: Elizabeth (Tommi) C. Holsenbeck, Alabama State University
334-229-4776, eholsenbeck@alasu.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: The Alabama Section of AAPT is attempting to have current high school physics students influence their younger peers with an advertising campaign. The First Annual Physics Commercial Competition will be held in the fall of 2011. It is funded by the Alabama Section of AAPT, Huntingdon College, and small donations from members and other interested parties. AMSTI (Alabama Math, Science and Technology Initiative)/Science in Motion Physics Specialists developed the contest and will take the leadership role in administering it. An added dimension comes from a co-sponsor, Huntingdon College. Their college physics students will create sample commercials to use as a guide and be in teachers' hands by spring 2011. A unique perspective will come from these college students as they look in hindsight at their high school physics experience or non-experience. The hope for Alabama public schools is physics classes' enrollment will increase in 2012-13.
  Footnotes: None
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The Amazing World of Physics (and Science), Demonstrated to Students by Students
  Location: SS Ballroom F
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.02
  Time: 2:45PM - 2:55PM
  Author: Stacia M. Kelly,
712 389-0905, kellys@lawton-bronson.k12.ia.us
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: This year marks the fifth Annual Physics Show hosted by students in my high school course. Originally implemented as an alternative summative assessment tool, the Physics Show has become an anticipated event for our district's fifth and sixth grade students. Physics students collaborate as teams in and out of class, abiding by specific guidelines and pre-determined timelines, to generate and perform a Physics "Magic" Show at the end of the academic year. The show is judged by faculty members based upon several criteria, including the Physics students' ability to clarify phenomena in an age-appropriate, yet accurate explanation. Examples of guidelines, judging rubrics and student demonstrations will be provided.
  Footnotes: Jeff Morgan from University of Northern Iowa
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Campaign for Recruiting Students to High School Physics
  Location: SS Ballroom F
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.02
  Time: 2:55PM - 3:05PM
  Author: Melissa A. Lapps, AAPT
301-209-3626, mlapps@aapt.org
  Co-Author(s): Gabe Popkin, Marilyn Gardner
  Abstract: The Why Physics? campaign is a joint effort between AAPT, the American Physical Society and the Society of Physics Students to help high school physics teachers recruit students, and to inform students, parents, and guidance counselors about the many benefits of taking a physics course. The campaign includes the "Why Physics?" poster and the "7 Myths About High School Physics" brochure. In addition, we are designing a large part of our campaign around enlisting and empowering physics teachers to be strong advocates for physics in their schools. In this talk I will briefly describe our campaign, and share some of the strategies for success that we have learned from teachers around the country.
  Footnotes: None
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