Spring Meeting call for presentations

The Spring SCAAPT Meeting will be held April 21 at Long Beach City College. All members are encouraged to contribute a presentation or Show & Tell.  Please share your favorite demonstration, class activity, education research findings or anything else that will enhance teachers’ understanding of physics or physics teaching.

For full consideration, please complete the online form by March 10.


Save the date and… help requested

We’re pleased to announce that the Spring 2018 SCAAPT meeting will be held Saturday April 21st at Long Beach City College. Please mark this on your calendar and keep an eye on our meeting page as we assemble the schedule in the coming weeks. We will announce how to submit a contributed abstract soon.

At this meeting, we will be having officer elections.  We encourage all SCAAPT members to consider running for office.  The time and energy that you devote to SCAAPT will help many other physics teachers and their students. Below are brief descriptions of each of the positions.  If you’re interested in running, please contact Cliff Gerstman. If you have questions about the positions, contact Cliff or any of the current officers.

The President has responsibility for the overall operation of the Section and oversees all of its meetings.
The Vice President for High Schools involves high school teachers in the Section activities.
The Vice President for Two-year Colleges involves two-year college faculty in the Section activities.
The Vice President of Universities serves as program chair for each Section Meeting and involves four-year college faculty in the Section activities.
The Secretary/Treasurer maintains all financial and membership records for the Section.
The Web Manager maintains and updates the Section website and social media accounts.
The Section Representative represents the Section at National AAPT meetings.

Resources for local teachers

The SCAAPT Physics Library is a collection of books, videos, and laboratory and demonstration equipment that is freely available to teachers of Southern California to borrow. Contact the librarian (James Lincoln) if you would like to check out items, donate equipment or get additional information.

Support for teacher collaborations

It’s never too late to apply for funding that can help you and a group of physics teachers (or retirees or engineers or whoever…) work on issues that are important to you and your students.  We are always accepting applications for the Local Area Networks (LANs) program.