AAPT: American Association of Physics Teachers
American Association of Physics Teachers
AAPT is a professional membership association of scientists dedicated to enhancing the understanding and appreciation of physics through teaching.
Your support of AAPT strengthens the initial training and the ongoing professional development programs we provide to physics educators and students around the world.
AAPT Members: Join our upcoming Coffee Hour events happening in COMMUNITIES!
AAPT 2022 Strategic Plan
A future where the understanding of physics, driven by a vibrant, diverse, and empowered community of educators, researchers, and learners, increasingly benefits the world.
Books from AIP Publishing and AAPT
Visit pubs.aip.org to purchase co-published titles at 25% off digital versions. For $30 black-and-white print copies choose myBook.
Join The U.S. Physics Team
Represent the United States at the International Physics Olympiad Competition with other high school students.
Learn, grow, and succeed with AAPT
Awards, projects, contests, and opportunities
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AAPT Member Spotlight
As I gazed up at the night sky in my father's backyard, a few years after high school, I was struck by the profound expanse of the universe and my burning curiosity to delve deeper into its mysteries. Managing a local skateboard shop in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona had momentarily delayed my college education, but the desire to explore the unknown and contribute to the understanding of the universe ignited within me like a meteor striking my path. My astrophysics trajectory commenced with courses in college algebra and introductory physics, driven by a profound love for astronomy, geology, and rocks incoming from space. Despite encountering challenges, I persevered with the support of office hours, tutoring, and revisions. Joining the Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium marked a pivotal moment, where I conducted interactive planetarium shows and Solar System tours, making complex scientific concepts accessible to audiences of all ages, and also began teaching with hands-on demos through our Physics Discovery program.Read more