- Inquiry

Fall 2009 Meeting
of the Illinois Section of the AAPT and the
IACT (Illinois Association of Chemistry Teachers)

October 16-17, 2009
Illinois Central College
Math, Science & Engineering
East Peoria, Illinois  61635-0001

Inquiry in Science Teaching

We are pleased to invite you to attend the joint meeting of the ISAAPT and the IACT.  Please come to learn more about physics and chemistry, discover new tools and techniques for teaching, share your experiences via contributed presentations and Take Fives, and meet old and new friends.

Note that the Program Details are now posted.  The times of all contributed presentations are listed.
    These activities have recently been added to the program:
    Friday, 10:00 - 12:00 - Panel Discussion - "The Illinois Articulation Initiative for Physics Majors and iTransfer",
                                                    Moderated by George Bart, Truman College and Michael Fortner, Northern Illinois University
    Saturday, 8:45 - 10:45, Workshop 10 - "Using Vernier LabPro in Intro and General Chemistry Labs"
    Saturday, 8:45 - 10:45, Workshop 11 - "Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning"
If you would like to attend Workshop 10 or 11, please add your name to the sign up sheet on the registration table.

Invited speakers

"Using Scientific Inquiry and Nature of Science as Integrative Themes in Teaching Science"
Norman Lederman, Illinois Institute of Technology, Friday at 1:15
"Science vs. 'Junk Science': Using the Inquiry Method to Tell and Teach the Difference"
Jeanette Madea, Senior Professor of Chemistry, Broward College. Banquet speaker on Friday evening
"Teaching Science at the Introductory Level with CALM (Computer Assisted Learning Method)"

Romualdo de Souza, Professor of Chemistry, Indiana University, Bloomington, Saturday at 11:00 am

Workshops - Sign up for these on the Registration form.
Friday, Oct. 16

W1. 9:30-11:30   "Levels of Scientific Inquiry", Carl Wenning, free
W2. 9:30-11:30   "Tasks to Promote Sense Making in General Physics and Chemistry", Dave Maloney, free
W3. 9:30-11:30   "Inquiry Based Activities for Exploring the Physics of Sound and Music", Andrew Morrison, free
W4. 10:00-11:30   "Inspire Your Chemistry Class with the TI-Nspire!", Ray Lesniewski, free
W5. 2:45-4:15   "Levels of Scientific Inquiry", Carl Wenning, free
W6. 2:45-4:15   "The Three Pigs Dilemma: Tearing Down Misconceptions and Building Sturdy Ones",
       Larry Kellerman, free
W7. 2:45-4:15   "Accuracy and Precision Lab with Spectroscopy Demo", Anthony Nelson, free
Saturday, Oct. 17
W8. 8:45-10:45   "Tasks to Promote Sense Making in General Physics and Chemistry", Dave Maloney, free
W9. 9:15-10:45   "Investigations in Electrostatics with Benjamin Franklin", Rebecca Vieyra, $5 fee for materials
W10. 8:45-10:45   "Using Vernier LabPro in Introductory and General Chemistry Labs", Bill Cook & Meral Savas, free
W11. 8:45-10:45   "Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning", Mahesh Alur, free
● Congratulations to Brian Davies who will receive the 2009 Distinguished Service Citation!
● The ISAAPT Council will meet at 7:00 am on Saturday.
● The ISAAPT and the IACT will have their business meetings during lunch on Saturday.

Call for 15 minute Contributed Presentations - Deadlines: Title (Oct. 2), Description (Oct. 7)

There are five categories of presentations: (a) Active Learning, (b) Teaching Methods, (c) Demonstrations, (d) Research, and (e) Other. Please check the appropriate box on the online form. Contributed presentations are scheduled on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning.  Please submit your presentation using the Online form.  Here is the current list of presentations.

Take Fives - Register by Oct. 9

Anyone who registers for the meeting may take 5 minutes or less to share a favorite item related to teaching physics or chemistry - a demonstration, a new Web site, announcement of an upcoming event, ...  Please use the Registration form to tell us the title of your Take Five.  There may be time for a few unannounced Take Fives at the end of the last session of the day.

Registration form - Deadline for banquet and lunch reservations:  Oct. 9


Brian Davies - 2009
Distinguished Service Citation


Jeanette Madea
"Science vs. Junk Science"


 ● The chairs of this meeting are:
     Joe Bergman, Chemistry, Illinois Central College, 309-694-5380,

     Ken Mellendorf, Physics and Engineering, Illinois Central College, 309-694-5359,
 ● If you have any problems with submitting information via the online forms or if there are corrections to be made,
David R. Renneke, 309-786-5247,
Illinois Section of the AAPT
Last update:  November 3, 2009