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January 8-12, 2011
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Date: Saturday, January 08 - Wednesday, January 12

 

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W01:

Critical Thinking in Introductory Astronomy
  Location: TBA
  Date: Saturday, Jan.08
  Time: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  Price: Member: $40.00
Nonmember: $65.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Space Science and Astronomy
  Leader(s): Joe Heafner, heafnerj@sticksandshadows.com
  Co-Leader(s): None
  Description: In this workshop, participants will engage in inquiry activities designed to emphasize critical thinking and scientific reasoning within the context of introductory astronomy. Content may include activities applicable to all science (e.g. logical fallacies, terminology, etc.) and activities specific to astronomy (e.g. shadows, lunar illumination, etc.) These activities are part of the Learning Critical Thinking Through Astronomy Project and its associated textbook (in development). Participants should bring notebook computers with wifi capability.
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W02:

Potpourri of Physics Simulations
  Location: TBA
  Date: Saturday, Jan.08
  Time: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  Price: Member: $45.00
Nonmember: $70.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Physics in Two-Year Colleges
  Co-Sponsor(s): Committee on Educational Technologies
  Leader(s): Paul Williams, pwill@austincc.edu
  Co-Leader(s): Tom O'Kuma
  Description: A large number of simulations have become available over the last few years. This workshop will look at simulations from a consumer's point of view with a focus on effectively using simulations in the physics classroom. A number of strategies for incorporating simulations into instruction such as free inquiry activities, guided inquiry activities, lab activities (including quantitative data acquisition), and conceptual exercises based on simulations will be explored. The workshop will focus on three packages of simulations/animations that are available for free on the web including PhET simulations, Physlet simulations, and simulations and animations from the MIT TEAL site. As part of the workshop, participants will design an activity which incorporates a simulation. Participants who wish to run the simulations from their own laptop are encouraged to bring their laptop to the workshop.
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W04:

NTIPERS: Research-based Reasoning Tasks for Introductory Mechanics
  Location: TBA
  Date: Saturday, Jan.08
  Time: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  Price: Member: $60.00
Nonmember: $65.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Research in Physics Education
  Co-Sponsor(s): Committee on Physics in Two-Year Colleges
  Leader(s): Dave Maloney, maloney@ipfw.edu
  Co-Leader(s): Curt Hieggelke, Joliet Junior College, and Steve Kanim, New Mexico State University
  Description: A common question instructors wrestle with is: How do I get my students to develop a strong understanding of physics? In this workshop you will explore some new materials designed to get students to think about fundamental concepts in alternative and multiple ways to promote robust learning. Participants will work with a variety of tasks and task formats that require students to think about the basic physics in the domains of kinematics and dynamics, including rotational dynamics, in nonstandard ways. Participants will be given a CD with more than 400 tasks, and other materials.
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W05:

Ben Franklin as My Lab Partner
  Location: TBA
  Date: Saturday, Jan.08
  Time: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  Price: Member: $52.00
Nonmember: $77.00
  Sponsor: Committee on History and Philosophy in Physics
  Co-Sponsor(s): Committee on Apparatus
  Leader(s): Robert Morse, rmorse@cathedral.org
  Co-Leader(s): None
  Description: Benjamin Franklin's experiments and observations on electricity established his reputation as a scientist, our electrical conventions and vocabulary, and the principle of charge conservation. In his letters, Franklin builds, tests, and defends his model with skill and eloquence, arguing from experiment, sharing both his wisdom and doubts, while conveying his fascination with electricity. As Franklin lacked formal schooling in mathematics, his theory was qualitative, and is an approachable example of hands-on and minds-on construction of a conceptual model with significant explanatory power. In this workshop (developed at the Wright Center for Science Teaching at Tufts University), working with Franklin's descriptions, we will recreate many of his experiments using modern, inexpensive materials. Participants will receive a kit of materials, selections from the workshop manual and a CD-ROM containing the complete workshop manual, a collection of Franklin's letters relating to electricity, and movie clips illustrating the experiments.
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W06:

Grant Writing 101: Grant Writing Workshop for New Faculty
  Location: TBA
  Date: Saturday, Jan.08
  Time: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  Price: Member: $40.00
Nonmember: $65.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Research in Physics Education
  Co-Sponsor(s): Committee on Graduate Education in Physics
  Leader(s): Paula Engelhardt, engelhar@tntech.edu
  Co-Leader(s): None
  Description: This workshop is intended for individuals who are in their last year of graduate school, in a post-doctoral position or are new faculty members. The workshop will focus on navigating the National Science Foundation (NSF) website, finding alterative funding sources such as Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) and state and local funding agencies, and preparing the grant proposal. Tips and suggestions for developing ideas and seeing them through to the development of the grant proposal will be discussed. Participants are encouraged to bring with them grant ideas to discuss with the group.
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W08:

Household Electricity in the Physics Classroom
  Location: TBA
  Date: Saturday, Jan.08
  Time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  Price: Member: $140.00
Nonmember: $165.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Physics in High Schools
  Leader(s): John Lewis, jlewis@glenbrook225.org
  Co-Leader(s): None
  Description: Everything you need to start a household electricity unit in your physics classroom. Participants will build a student station that will accommodate actual electrical components used in common household electric projects. The station includes a fused power supply, conduit-connected electric boxes which will simulate an actual house with actual electrical requirements. These include 2-way and 3-way switched overhead lamps, a common outlet, a complete bedroom, doorbells, thermostats and more! You'll actually bring home a brief-case-sized self-contained student station with all of the equipment to build the circuits above and plans to build similar kits for each of your lab stations. No experience necessary. We will build and assemble the stations during the morning and use them to perform the student experiments during the afternoon. The "final exam" will be building your own working lamp "from scratch". Come enjoy this totally hands on approach to the world of household electricity.
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W29:

Modeling Applied to Problem Solving: An Adoptable Pedagogy
  Location: TBA
  Date: Saturday, Jan.08
  Time: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  Price: Member: $40.00
Nonmember: $65.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education
  Co-Sponsor(s): Committee on Physics in High Schools
  Leader(s): David Pritchard, dpritch@mit.edu
  Co-Leader(s): Analia Barrantes, Carie Cardamone, Saif Rayyan and Raluca Teodorescu
  Description: This workshop will introduce participants to a modeling-based approach to problem solving, a pedagogy that enables students to attain significant expert-like improvement of their problem solving skills that transfers to a subsequent E&M course, as well as significantly more expert-like attitudes towards science, particularly in Problem-Solving self confidence. The workshop goal is to enable participants to introduce some or all of this pedagogy into their courses with the help of our open source integrated version of LON-CAPA, ANDES, and a Wiki-Text that incorporates MAPS into a standard introductory mechanics syllabus. Workshop participants will sample the various teaching materials for in-class use and will participate in some innovative activities for class. The integrated environment will be demonstrated. We seek users/collaborators for part or all of our materials, which can be freely modified.
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T03:

Preparing Teacher Candidates to Teach the New AP Physics B: What Faculty and Mentors Need to Know
  Location: TBA
  Date: Sunday, Jan.09
  Time: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  Price: Member: $40.00
Nonmember: $65.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Teacher Preparation
  Leader(s): Gay Stewart , gstewart@uark.edu
  Co-Leader(s): None
  Description: There will be a brief discussion on the nature and development of the new AP Physics B courses. We will move into what impact these changes may have on what faculty need to do when they prepare teachers, or what teacher mentors may need to do differently to support teachers in these greatly improved courses. The conceptual level is significantly deeper, but, because of the two years, the first year could be accessible to more students. Currently, Physics B is supposed to follow a preparatory course. Now, the material is divided up and deepened to make each year a stand-alone, rigorous, conceptual and problem-solving course. These can be placed flexibly into a school's curriculum; examples will be discussed. We will share examples of features of our program that prepare pre-service teachers for best-practice classes. There are some resources available to help new and practicing, but perhaps not richly prepared, teachers.
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W10:

Designing and Implementing an Inquiry-based Physics Course for K-12 Teachers
  Location: TBA
  Date: Sunday, Jan.09
  Time: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  Price: Member: $65.00
Nonmember: $90.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Teacher Preparation
  Co-Sponsor(s): Committee on Research in Physics Education
  Leader(s): Lillian McDermott, peg@phys.washington.edu
  Co-Leader(s): None
  Description: Laboratory-based courses in physics can help teachers develop the depth of understanding necessary to teach physics and physical science as a process of inquiry. For over 30 years, the UW PEG has been offering such courses using Physics by Inquiry(1), a research-validated curriculum. This workshop focuses on the design of special physics courses for teachers and is primarily intended for college and university faculty, lead teachers, and others responsible for K-12 teacher professional development. Participants will experience and reflect on critical elements of courses that can help teachers deepen their conceptual understanding, gain familiarity with common student difficulties, and translate their own learning into effective classroom practice. * This work has been supported in part by a series of grants from the NSF, the most recent of which is DRK-12 grant #0733276. (1)Physics by Inquiry, L.C. McDermott and the Physics Education Group at the University of Washington, Wiley (1996).
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W12:

Learner-centered Environment for Algebra-based Physics (LEAP)
  Location: TBA
  Date: Sunday, Jan.09
  Time: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  Price: Member: $40.00
Nonmember: $65.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Research in Physics Education
  Leader(s): Paula Engelhardt, engelhar@tntech.edu
  Co-Leader(s): Steve J. Robinson
  Description: The Learner-centered Environment for Algebra-based Physics (LEAP) is a newly developed, two semester physics curriculum for algebra-based physics. The course pedagogy and activity sequence is guided by research on student learning of physics and builds on the work of the NSF supported project, Physics for Everyday Thinking (PET). Students work in groups to develop their understanding of various physics phenomena including forces, energy, electricity and magnetism, light and optics. Students utilize hands-on experiments and computer simulations to provide evidence to support their conceptual understanding. Traditional problem solving is scaffolded by using the S.E.N.S.E. problem solving strategy. During this workshop, participants will be introduced to the LEAP curriculum and S.E.N.S.E. problem solving strategy, will examine and work through a sample of the types of activities students do, and will view video from the college LEAP classroom. *Supported in part by NSF CCLI grant #DUE-0737324
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W13:

LivePhoto Physics: Video-based Motion Analysis for Homework and Classroom
  Location: TBA
  Date: Sunday, Jan.09
  Time: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  Price: Member: $45.00
Nonmember: $70.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Educational Technologies
  Co-Sponsor(s): Committee on Physics in High Schools
  Leader(s): Bob Teese, rbtsps@rit.edu
  Co-Leader(s): Patrick J. Cooney, Priscilla W. Laws and Maxine Willis
  Description: This workshop is for physics teachers who wish to explore the use of video-based motion analysis in a wide range of applications including the teaching laboratory, projects and homework. Participants will learn how to make digital video clips for analysis, as well as how to use video analysis for homework problems and in the classroom. We will discuss educationally effective uses of video analysis being developed in the LivePhoto Physics project, the Workshop Physics project and in other settings. Evaluation copies of analysis software, selected digital video clips and homework assignments will be provided to the participants for their use after the workshop. The software used in this workshop is available for both Mac and Windows computers. Participants in this workshop may find that some prior, hands-on experience with basic video analysis using software such as Logger Pro or Tracker will be helpful but is not required.
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W14:

Modeling Mechanics: From Freefall to Chaos
  Location: TBA
  Date: Sunday, Jan.09
  Time: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  Price: Member: $40.00
Nonmember: $65.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Educational Technologies
  Co-Sponsor(s): Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education
  Leader(s): Wolfgang Christian , wochristian@davidson.edu
  Co-Leader(s): Mario Belloni
  Description: This workshop shows how to use the open-source Easy Java Simulations (EJS) authoring and modeling tool for teaching. We will describe the simplified structure and extensive scaffolding provided by the tool to create interactive, dynamical, effective simulations and we will show how teachers can connect from EJS to national digital libraries to download hundreds of ready to use simulations. These simulations can be used for computer demonstrations or virtual laboratories in high-school and undergraduate courses, or serve as programming examples and tasks for Computational Physics and higher-level students. These EJS simulations are ready to be distributed on a CD or published on a Web page as Java applets. Additional information is available at: http://www.compadre.org/osp/. Partial funding for this workshop was obtained through NSF grant DUE-0442581.
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W15:

Observing with NASA: Expanding the Universe in the Classroom
  Location: TBA
  Date: Sunday, Jan.09
  Time: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  Price: Member: $55.00
Nonmember: $80.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Space Science and Astronomy
  Leader(s): Janelle Bailey, janelle.bailey@unlv.edu
  Co-Leader(s): Erika Reinfeld, MIT Museum and Mary Dussault, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
  Description: Explore the biggest questions about our place in space and time. Many new astronomy learners, students and adults alike, are unfamiliar with the universe beyond the solar system. This workshop uses online telescopes and hands-on activities to deepen content knowledge and practice strategies for teaching and learning about current scientific models and evidence for the origin and evolution of our universe of galaxies. Participants will receive a copy of the professional development NASA-funded DVD "Beyond the Solar System: Expanding the Universe in the Classroom" and gain access to the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics' MicroObservatory online telescopes in order to collect their own evidence for the Big Bang model of expanding, evolving galaxies. Two inquiry-based lesson plans, Cosmic Timeline, and Measuring Galaxies With Telescopes, will be featured, along with video clips exploring key concepts, evidence, researchers, student ideas, classrooms and other resources from the DVD.
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W16:

Using the Wii for Fun and Physics
  Location: TBA
  Date: Sunday, Jan.09
  Time: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  Price: Member: $48.00
Nonmember: $73.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Physics in Two-Year Colleges
  Co-Sponsor(s): Committee on Educational Technologies
  Leader(s): Dwain Desbien and David Weaver , dwain.desbien@emcmail.maricopa.edu
  Co-Leader(s): David Weaver
  Description: Over 30 million Wii remotes have been sold and many of our students have or do use them. You will learn how to use the Wiimote as a 3-axis accelerometer in the physics lab. Then, you will assemble an IR pen and use the Wiimote to create a fairly Smart Board for use in your classroom. Participants MUST bring their own Wiimote to the workshop.
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W17:

Energy and the Environment Hands on Activities
  Location: TBA
  Date: Sunday, Jan.09
  Time: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  Price: Member: $47.00
Nonmember: $72.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Science Education for the Public
  Leader(s): John Welch, jowelch@cabrillo.edu
  Co-Leader(s): None
  Description: This workshop will present some of the activities developed at the Cabrillo College Summer Energy Academy to teach basic concepts having to do with Energy and the Environment. Our NSF funded program is designed to spark or strengthen an interest in science among high school seniors. Workshop participants will do the activities as the students normally would, with time afterwards for discussion as teachers. Activities will include a game for teaching what ?peak oil? means, building micro wind generators and measuring power output, and tracing energy conversions through various systems.
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W20:

Laboratories with Biomedical Applications
  Location: TBA
  Date: Sunday, Jan.09
  Time: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  Price: Member: $95.00
Nonmember: $120.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Laboratories
  Co-Sponsor(s): Committee on Apparatus
  Leader(s): Nancy Beverly, nbeverly@mercy.edu
  Co-Leader(s): Sytil Murphy
  Description: There is a growing need for laboratory activities that allow life science and biophysics students to explore and deepen their understanding of physics through such contexts as physiology, medical diagnostic and therapeutic devices, biomechanics, biological processes, and biological research techniques. Several individuals and groups who have been working independently on such laboratory activities will present examples of their labs. After an initial overview by all the presenters, participants will break into rotating groups for hands-on experience with different laboratory activities and more detailed discussion with each presenter about the pertinent pedagogy and apparatus. A flash drive with materials of all the laboratory activities will be given to the participants.
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W21:

Teaching About Radioactivity
  Location: TBA
  Date: Sunday, Jan.09
  Time: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  Price: Member: $75.00
Nonmember: $100.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Science Education for the Public
  Leader(s): Alice Flarend, amf@blwd.k12.pa.us
  Co-Leader(s): None
  Description: Topics discussed will be: atomic models, half-life, nuclear fission, nuclear reactors. Most activities use low cost materials and computer simulations so that they are accessible in many teaching venues. This workshop will be a sharing of methods and constructivist activities for teachers of all experience and teaching levels. Participants will receive a copy of the activities from the PTRA Teaching about Radioactivity resource. Please bring a laptop if possible.
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W24:

Tutorials in Introductory Physics: A Research-Validated Approach to Improving Student Learning
  Location: TBA
  Date: Sunday, Jan.09
  Time: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  Price: Member: $65.00
Nonmember: $90.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Research in Physics Education
  Co-Sponsor(s): Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education
  Leader(s): Lillian McDermott, peg@phys.washington.edu
  Co-Leader(s): None
  Description: Tutorials in Introductory Physics(1) is a set of research-validated instructional materials intended to supplement the lecture, textbook, and laboratory of a standard calculus-based or algebra-based introductory course. The tutorials are designed to address specific conceptual and reasoning difficulties that have been identified through research. In addition to providing hands-on experience with the curriculum, the workshop will include discussions of instructional strategies and results from assessments of student learning. Important aspects related to implementation of the tutorials will be covered, including preparation of graduate teaching assistants, undergraduate peer instructors, and post docs. Copies of Tutorials in Introductory Physics will be provided to participants. (1)Tutorials in Introductory Physics, First Ed., L.C. McDermott, P.S. Shaffer, and the Physics Education Group at the University of Washington, Prentice Hall (2002). * This work has been supported in part by a series of grants from the NSF, the most recent of which is CCLI grant #0618185.
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W27:

Research-based Alternatives to Traditional Problem-Solving Exercises
  Location: TBA
  Date: Sunday, Jan.09
  Time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  Price: Member: $65.00
Nonmember: $90.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Research in Physics Education
  Leader(s): Kathleen A. Harper, harper.217@osu.edu
  Co-Leader(s): David P. Maloney and Thomas M. Foster
  Description: Accumulating research on problem solving in physics clearly indicates that traditional, end-of-chapter exercises in physics texts are not useful and may actually hinder students' learning of important physics concepts. The research also raises questions about the efficacy of such tasks for helping students develop "problem solving skills." In light of these results the question is: What alternative tasks can we use to help students develop problem solving skills and a conceptual understanding? This workshop will review the research and then provide examples of several alternative tasks and their use. Participants will also get practice writing alternative problems in a variety of formats for use in their own classrooms.
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