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Spring 2007 Meeting of the Illinois Section of the AAPT

"Broadening the Scope of Physics Education"
March 30-31, 2007
 Department of Physics, Western Illinois University
Macomb, Illinois 61455

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We are pleased to invite you to attend the spring meeting of the ISAAPT.  Please come to learn more about physics, discover new tools and techniques for teaching physics, share your experiences via contributed presentations and Take Fives, and meet old and new friends.  Here are the directions to Macomb, maps, and important instructions about parking.  Here are the program details and pictures taken at the meeting.

Invited speakers

What Do Physics Instruction and Loss of Memory Have in Common?
Dr. John S. Rigden
Physics Department, Washington University, St. Louis
Banquet speaker on Friday evening

Using the Science Writing Heuristic to Improve Students' Understanding of Topics in General Chemistry
Dr. Thomas J. Greenbowe
Chemical Education, Iowa State University
Friday afternoon at 3:00 pm

Cannonballs or Baby's Bowls: How Context and Gender affect Physics Tests
Dr. Laura E. McCullough
Department of Physics, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Saturday morning at 9:45 am


W1.  "Observational Astronomy Simulations in the Instructional Laboratory", Dick Cooper, Friday, 10:00-12:00
W2.  "Robots in the College and High School Physics Classrooms, Part 2", James Rabchuk, Friday, 10:30-12:00
W3.  Cracker Barrel: "Recruiting Physics and Engineering Majors", Richard Martin, Friday, 10:30-12:00

Call for 15 minute Contributed Presentations
- Deadlines: Title (Mar. 16), Description (Mar. 23)

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) Student Research Symposium.
Please check the appropriate box when you fill out the Online form.  Here is the current list of presentations: Details

A special reminder for students:  As in the past, this spring you have an opportunity to win an award for your contributed presentation in the Student Research Symposium.

Call for judges:  We need instructors to serve as judges for this symposium.  Please indicate on your registration form if you are willing to serve.       current list


Take Fives

Register by Mar. 23

WITHIT - What in the heck is this?

Register by Mar. 23

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 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.

Do you have something in your storeroom that has you baffled?  Please bring it, place it on the designated table (with your name) so we can all look at it during the Breaks.  Please use the Registration form to tell us that you will be bringing an item.  If there are enough, we will schedule one or two sessions for the audience to figure out what these things are.  It should be fun!


Registration form - Online - Mail
Deadline for banquet and lunch reservations:  Mar. 23
Registration information - workshops  |  take-fives  |  WITHITs
                                     list of attendees  |  registration fees


Meeting Information
Macomb and WIU -
directions | campus map | motels
Contributed presentations - Details

The 2006-2007 Outstanding High School Physics Teacher Award will be awarded to Charles Adamovic of Lyons Township High School (LaGrange) at the banquet on Friday evening.  Congratulations Charles!

The Council plans to meet from 7:15 to 8:15 am on Saturday.

Thomas Traynor

Alison O'Connell

Sawyer Campbell

Student Research Symposium award winners.

Charles Adamovic receives the Outstanding HS Teacher Award from Cliff Parker.

Using an inexpensive laser level to teach high school physics. John Rigden.  "What Do Physics Instruction and Loss of Memory Have in Common?"

more photos...

The chair and local contact for sending registration forms by regular mail and for checking on classroom and lab facilities is:

Brian Davies
Department of Physics
Western Illinois University 
Macomb, Illinois 61455 
Phone: 309-298-1307

If you have any problems with submitting information via the online forms or if there are corrections to be made, contact the person who maintains these pages:

David R. Renneke

Department of Physics and Astronomy
Augustana College
Rock Island, IL 61201-2296
Phone: 309-794-3403 or 309-786-5247

Illinois Section of the AAPT
Last update:  April 10, 2007