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July 26–30, 2014
Session AA: High School Topics
Location: STSS 220
Sponsor: AAPT
Date: Monday, July 28
Time: 8:30–9:50 a.m.
Presider: Peter Bohacek
8:30-8:40 a.m. There Goes AP Physics B, Here Comes
AP Physics 1 & 2
Contributed – Robert A. Morse, 5530 Nevada Ave., NW, Washington, DC
The long anticipated change in the AP algebra-based physics course occurs
this fall. This paper will address some of the differences in style and content
of assessment questions on the new AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2 exams,
and highlight some of the resources that are available from the College
Board in preparation for the new courses.
8:40-8:50 a.m. Implementing Inquiry-based Investiga-
tions in the AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2 Courses
Contributed – Martha Lietz, 2659 Hillside Lane, Evanston, IL 60201-4933;
This talk will provide insight on how inquiry-based investigations support
the understanding of the AP Science Practices. This talk will also highlight
samples of the teacher support materials, such as the new inquiry-based
laboratory guide, that are available to facilitate the transition to the
instructional strategies that will support student success. This talk will also
highlight sample questions of how the science practices will be assessed on
the new exams.
8:50-9 a.m. Contributing to the Development of NGSS-
based Large-Scale Assessments
Contributed – Thomas J. Regan, The College Board, 11955 Democracy
Drive, Reston, VA 20190;
States are now considering adopting the Next Generation Science Stan-
dards (NGSS). Physics educators can help ensure the quality of the physics
components of any ensuing large-scale assessments. To this end, leverage
points (RFI, RFP, Scope of Work, Test Specifications, Item Specifications,
Committees) of typical large-scale assessment programs will be identified.
For each leverage point, strategies for incorporating the NGSS’ strengths,
and compensating for the NGSS’ weaknesses, will be presented. Goals for
the assessment will be presenting correct content, engaging the student in
meaningful tasks, obtaining useful information, and transparency.
9-9:10 a.m. Computer Coaches in Problem Solving:
Evaluation by High School Teachers
Contributed – Andrew J. Mason, University of Central Arkansas, Lewis Sci-
ence Center, 171 Conway, AR 72035-0001;
Mishal Benson, University of Central Arkansas
At the University of Central Arkansas we are investigating ways to integrate
web-based computer coaches for problem solving into high school physics
classes. The programs are designed to provide students with coaching in
decision-making processes necessary for using an expert-like framework to
solve physics problems and were originally developed at the University of
Minnesota, Twin Cities for university calculus-based introductory physics
classes. We have modified a set of the programs to be used in algebra-based
high school physics classes. During the summer and fall of 2013, we re-
corded written and spoken artifacts from nine high school physics teachers
who evaluated the utility of the modified coaches both for the classroom
and for teacher-training purposes. We categorize their statements and
compare their implementations that of the original calculus-based coaches
for university level courses. This work was partially supported by NSF
Monday, July 28
High School Physics Teachers Day
7 a.m.–5 p.m. Coffman Union ground floor
First Timers’ Gathering 7–8:30 a.m. Coffman Union Mississippi
Spouses’ Boat Tour 12–1:30 p.m. offsite
PIRA Resource Room Coffman Union Great Hall Annex
TYC Resource Room Coffman Union ground floor
Apparatus Competition Coffman Union Great Hall Annex
Kindle Fire Raffle 10:15 a.m. Coffman Union Great Hall
H.S. Physics Photo Contest
Viewing and Voting
Coffman Union ground floor
Teaching Awards, DSCs 10:30–12 Northrop Auditorium
–Diversity in Physics
–Educational Technologies STSS 432A
–Graduate Education in Physics STSS 432B
–Science Education for the Public STSS 131B
Early Career Professionals Speed Networking
12–1:30 p.m. Coffman Union President’s
High School Luncheon 12–1:30 p.m.
Coffman Union Mississippi
Commercial Workshops
12–1 p.m. STSS 131B
–eScience Labs LLC 12–1 p.m. STSS 530A
–Perimeter Institute 12–1 p.m. STSS 131A
–Eugenia Etkina 12–1 p.m. STSS 210
–Perimeter Institute 1:30–2:30 p.m. STSS 131A
AmEx Card Raffle 3:45 p.m. Coffman Union Great Hall
–Physics in High Schools
STSS 312
–International Physics Education STSS 432A
–Professional Concerns STSS 432B
–Space Science and Astronomy STSS 131B
SPS Undergraduate Awards Reception
6–7:30 p.m.
Coffman Union Mississippi
PLENARY: Physicist James Kakalios
7:30–8:30 p.m. Northrop Auditorium
AAPT Fellows Reception
8:30–9:30 p.m. Northrop Auditorium
ALphA Committee 8:30–10 p.m.
Coffman Union 323
Poster Session I 8:30–10 p.m. Coffman Union ground floor
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