Saturday,  November 8th

University of Southern California

Local Host: Prof. Steve Cronin


Theme:  Next Generation Science Standards and how to teach them.

Order of Magnitude question: How many electrons are in the human race?

Modeling Physics  workshop registration

Parking is free when you RSVP.

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The Meeting will take place in  USC’s Stuaffer (Science) Lecture Hall,

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8:00-8:20 Registration and Refreshments
8:15-9:15 Morning Workshop – Mark Hughes,”Modeling Physics”  RSVP Here
9:20-9:25 Welcome & Announcements
9:25-9:40 Contributed talk: Roberto Lopez, USC, , “USC Rocket Propulsion Laboratory”
9:40-10:40 Invited Talk: Chris Lowe, Shark Expert, CSU Long Beach, “Physics for Fishers”
10:40-11:10 Contributed talk :Joshua Sneideman, Washington, DC , “Energy in America – My Experience as an Einstein Fellow”
11:10-12:00 Invited Talk: Maria Simani, California Science Project “Introduction to Next Generation Science Standards”
12:00 – 12:50 Lunch
12:50 – 1:15 Business Meeting / Show & Tell / Upcoming Events
1:15 – 2:05 Invited talk: Jeff Orlinsky, California Science Teacher Association, “The Next Generation Science Standards: What Happened to the First Generation?”
2:05- 2:40 Invited talk: Dean Gilbert, Orange County Department of Education, “Implementation Ideas for NGSS”
2:40-3:00 NGSS Discussion Panel: Maria, Jeff, and DeanModerated by James Lincoln
3:00-4:00 Vendor Spotlight: PASCOBrett Sacket, “New Physics and Engineering Ideas from Pasco
4:00-4:15 Contributed talk: Chad Kishimoto, UC San Diego, “Flipping the Large-Lecture Introductory Physics Classroom”
4:15-4:20 Order of Magnitude Contest and Door Prizes
4:20 Adjournment

Over fifty members of the Southern California Section of AAPT gathered at University of Southern California for a day full of persuasive presentations and dynamic discussions. SCAAPT thanks Steve Cronin who hosted the meeting and Bradley “Peanut” McCoy, who served as Program Chair of the meeting. The meeting was called to order by SCAAPT President James Lincoln.

Cliff Gerstman and Rand Summy led a morning workshop where they provided participants an overview of Modeling Physics. Teachers were excited by this research-based physics instruction method that focuses on sound pedagogy and content, which is aligned with CGSS and NGSS. The workshop focused heavily on graphing and student-driven learning.

The meeting included several fascinating invited presentations. Brett Sacket (PASCO) shared some of the latest equipment and activities that PASCO has developed for the physics and engineering classrooms.

Chris Lowe (CSU Long Beach) presented work that he has done to understand and prevent barotrauma with deep-water fish. By forcibly submerging caught fish to deep water, they can survive the catch and release process when they would otherwise die. He has introduced this interdisciplinary project into high school curriculum and taken students fishing trade shows to educate fishers on the problem and solutions of barotrauma.

Given the imminent shift in state science frameworks and assessment, SCAAPT invited several speakers to share their work on implementing the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

  • Maria Simani (California Science Project) presented the background and process by which NGSS were developed and adopted by California.
  • Jeff Orlinsky (California Science Teacher Association) sought to ease teachers concerns that NGSS will require major revisions. Rather, many of the class activities already being used in physics classes address practices of science and engineering.
  • Dean Gilbert (Orange County Department of Education) believed that NGSS will cause a positive shift as it focuses on scientific literacy for all students and will catalyze change in California to require three years of science.

After the three NGSS-related presentations, there was a lively roundtable discussion.

Several other SCAAPT members also gave engaging contributed presentations:

  • Roberto Lopez, USC, “USC rocket propulsion laboratory”
  • Joshua Sneideman, Department of Energy, “Energy in America– My experience as an Einstein Fellow”
  • Chad Kishimoto, UC San Diego, “Flipping the large-lecture introductory physics classroom”

The ever-popular Show ‘n’ Tell featured demonstrations by James Lincoln (new demonstrations from Arbor Scientific), Dean Papadakis (model of earthquake resonances), Pat Healy (student-friendly standing wave experiment) and Bob Baker (Quarknet).