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"Physics and Astronomy Education"
Fall 2013 Meeting of the Illinois Section of the AAPT

October 4-5, 2013
Hosted by Illinois State University

Held at Heartland Community College
1500 W. Raab Road, Normal, Illinois

Inside the new

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

October 4-5 is homecoming weekend at Illinois State University and hotel rooms will be difficult (if not impossible) to come by if you don't reserve your room early.  You might want to do so now knowing that the Heartland Community College campus is on the northwest side of Normal.

Invited speakers

1:15 -2:15 pm
"Hierarchies in student understanding of the directional relationships
between net force, velocity, and acceleration in 1D

Dr. Rebecca Rosenblatt

Illinois State University
3:00 - 3:30 pm
"Utilizing Challenger Learning Centers to Strengthen Scientific Literacy"
Stacey Shrewsbury

Challenger Learning Center
4:15 - 4:45 pm
"Education and Public Outreach"
Dr. Daniel Miller
Twin City Amateur Astronomers
Friday evening
7:30 - 8:30 pm
"Transfer of Learning and Implications for Physics Education"
Sanjay Rebello

Kansas State University
9:00 - 9:30 am
"Teaching High School Physics"
Carl Wenning and Rebecca Vieyra
Illinois State University - Cary-Grove High School
11:00 - 12:00
"Where does the weirdness go?"
Dr. Robert Wagner

Illinois State University

Call for 15 minute Contributed Presentations - Deadlines: Title (Sep. 20), Description (Sep. 27)

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

Space Events
Sign up on the Registration form.


Telescope Viewing and/or Tour - Friday Evening after the Banquet
Twin City Amateur Astronomers observatories at the Sugar Grove Nature Center
Friday 9:00 - 10:00 pm
The bus will leave at 8:30 and return by 10:30 pm.
There will be a $6 fee for riding the bus.  The bus capacity is 45.


Challenger Learning Center Mission - Saturday 1:00 - 3:00 pm
"Rendezvous with a Comet"
Sponsored by
The minimum number for this event is 18 and the maximum is 30.  The event is free.

● The Council will meet at 7:30 am on Saturday.
● The ISAAPT business meeting will be held during lunch on Saturday.

Take Fives

Anyone who registers for the meeting may take 5 minutes or less to share a favorite item related to teaching physics - a demonstration, a new website, 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.  The deadline for banquet and lunch reservations is Friday, Sep. 27.

As of Sep. 16, we have added the possibility of paying the total fees for this meeting by using a credit card or PayPal.  This may be done at the Registration table when you arrive or when you register online, after the fees are calculated.  If you have already registered and would like to pay by this method NOW, check the current fees page for the amount, click on the Pay Now button below, and type in that amount.  You will receive an email receipt and our treasurer will be informed of the transaction.  Thank you.


The new sliding-roof observatory

Carl Wenning

Sanjay Rebello

Comet Rendezvous Team

 ● The local contact for checking on classroom and lab facilities is:
     Carl Wenning, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois,
 ● If you have any problems with submitting information via the online forms or if there are corrections to be made,
David Renneke, 309-786-5247,

Illinois Section of the AAPT
Last update:  January 16, 2014












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