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January 4–7, 2014
a potential career choice? Research shows that if girls are engaged in
open-ended, collaborative science projects that are relevant to their
world, they gain self confidence and begin to identify themselves as
a scientist. Relatively new programs such as SciGirls™, FabFems, and
Design Squad seek to build this confidence and identity in young
women. To date, however, activities in these programs have been
heavily weighted to life and environmental science, engineering and
technology. Participants in this workshop will have the opportunity
to try tested physics activities that fit with the strategies for engaging
girls in grades 5-12.
W24: iPhone and iPad App Development
Sponsor: Committee on Educational Technologies
Time: 8 a.m.–12 p.m. Sunday
Member Price: $70
Non-Member Price: $95
Andrew Duffy, Physics, Boston University, 590 Commonwealth Ave.,
Boston, MA 02215 ;
This workshop is a basic introduction to creating apps for the iPhone,
the iPod Touch, and the iPad. No prior knowledge is assumed. We will
cover the basics of drawing and animating; learn a little Objective-C;
become familiar with the XCode environment in which apps are cre-
ated on the Mac; and get an introduction to Interface Builder, where
we lay out various buttons and sliders, etc. Important note—workshop
attendees must bring their own Mac computers, with Apple’s latest
version of XCode already downloaded and installed. This is a free
download from Apple. Attendees should have OS 10.7 or higher on
their Mac’s—previous OS versions do not have access to the features
in the version of XCode that will be used in the workshop.
W26: New RTP and ILD Tools and Curricula: Video
Analysis, Clickers and E&M Labs
Sponsor: Committee on Research in Physics Education
Co-sponsor: Committee on Educational Technologies
Time: 8 a.m.–12 p.m. Sunday
Member Price: $75
Non-Member Price: $100
David Sokoloff, Department of Physics, 1274 University of Oregon,
Eugene, OR 97403-1274 ;
Ronald Thornton, Priscilla Laws
RealTime Physics (RTP) and Interactive Lecture Demonstrations
(ILDs) have been available for over 15 years so what’s new? The
3rd Edition of RTP includes five new labs on basic electricity and
magnetism in Module 3 as well a new approach to projectile motion
in Module 1. Some of these new labs make use of video analysis. Also
new are clicker-based ILDs. This hands-on workshop is designed
for those who want to make effective use of active learning with
computer-based tools in their introductory courses. These active
learning approaches for lectures, labs, and recitations (tutorials) are
based on physics education research (PER). The following will be
distributed: Modules from the Third Edition of RTP, the ILD book,
the Physics with Video Analysis book and CD, and Teaching Physics
with the Physics Suite by E.F. Redish.
W27: Engaging Astronomy Students with Lecture
Sponsor: Committee on Space Science and Astronomy
Time: 8 a.m.–12 p.m. Sunday
Member Price: $60
Non-Member Price: $85
Julia Olsen, CAPER Center for Astronomy & Physics Education Re-
search, 604 S 26th St., Laramie, WY 82070;
Timothy F. Slater
In this half-day, participatory workshop specially designed for intro-
ductory college faculty, graduate students, and high school teach-
ers, participants will learn how to use a lecture-tutorial approach to
actively engage astronomy students. Created by faculty affiliated with
the CAPER Center for Astronomy & Physics Education Research
Team, lecture-tutorials are purposefully designed to support students’
intellectual engagement with challenging astronomy concepts by
augmenting lectures for 10-minute intervals where students collab-
oratively wrestle with how to apply ideas in novel settings. Astronomy
education research consistently demonstrates that students signifi-
cantly increase their understanding of astronomy through the use
of lecture-tutorials and that professors find them easy to implement.
Classroom-ready materials will be provided to all participants. This
teaching excellence workshop is funded in part by the Wyoming Ex-
cellence in Higher Education Endowment, NASA EPOESS FINESSE
and the NSF GeoEd OEDG & TUES Programs.
Tutorials will be held at the Rosen Plaza Hotel
T01: Electrostatics from Gilbert to Volta
Sponsor: Committee on Physics in High Schools
Co-sponsor: Committee on Physics in Pre-High School Education
Time: 2–4 p.m. Sunday
Member Price: $50
Non-Member Price: $75
Location: Salon 12 (Rosen Plaza)
Robert Morse, 5530 Nevada Ave. NW, Washington DC 20015; ra-
With inexpensive equipment, students can carry out activities to build
a conceptual understanding of electrostatic phenomena. In this short
tutorial we will build the equipment and learn to carry out experi-
ments patterned after those from William Gilbert to Alessandro Volta,
including charge detection, electric field patterns and electrostatic
T03: Getting Started in Outreach
Committee on Science Education for the Public
Time: 2–4 p.m. Sunday
Member Price: $50
Non-Member Price: $75
Location: Salon 11 (Rosen Plaza)
David Sturm, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Maine,
Orono, ME 04469-5709;
Rebecca Thompson, Dale Stille, Sam Sampere
A two-hour tutorial session on how to start and build Outreach
Programming for universities and colleges to engage the public,
with presentations from the APS Head of Public Outreach Rebecca
Thompson, from established University Outreach programs run by
PIRA members such as Dale Stille, UIowa; Sam Sampere, Syracuse U.;
and David Sturm, UMaine; and from other members of the outreach
T04: Selling Physics as a Major
Sponsor: Committee on Physics in Two-Year Colleges
Co-sponsor: Committee on Professional Concerns
Time: 2–4 p.m. Sunday
Member Price: $125
Non-Member Price: $150
Location: Grand Ballroom C (Rosen Plaza)
Renee Lathrop, (845) 431-8544;
Increasing the number of physics majors is a perennial goal of physics
departments around the country. How to increase the number of
physics majors is a problematic issue. This question will be explored
via discussions of successful case studies. Additionally, we will spend
time brainstorming ways to increase majors, solutions that will be
tailored to participants’ specific home institutions.
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