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Date: Saturday, January 08

 

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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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