Spring 2010 Meeting of the Illinois Section of the AAPT

"Green Physics"
26-27, 2010
Blackburn College
700 College Avenue
Carlinville, Illinois 62626


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 Program Details in PDF form.

The registration table will be in the lobby of the Olin Science Building (#18 on the campus map).  Use the parking lot just north and west of the building.  A parking permit is not needed.  Follow the signs.

Invited speakers

"What is Wrong with the Science of Global Warming", David Marx, Physics Department,
          Illinois State University.  Banquet speaker on Friday evening at 7:00 pm
"Astrobiology", Tom Foster, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville - Friday at 3:15 pm
"Green Roof Systems", Bill Retzlaff, Environmental Science Program, Southern Illinois
          University Edwardsville - Friday at 4:15 pm
"Zoological Engineering - Form, Function, and Physics", Ed Zalisko, Biology Department,
          Blackburn College - Saturday at 8:30
"Western Kentucky Physics Olympics", Keith Andrew, Western Kentucky University
          Saturday at 10:30


Workshops - Sign up for these on the Registration form.
Friday, March 26

W1. 10:00-12:00 "Green Physics with Problem-Based Learning" - Carl Wenning
W2. 10:00-11:00

"Experiments with Vernier Equipment" - Tom Foster

W3. 11:00-12:00 "Breaking the Rules: Oobleck and Other Slimey Stuff" - Mark Armstrong
W4. 3:15-4:15 "What can Green Light do for You?" - John Lewis
Saturday, March 27
W5. 9:45-10:30 "Global Warming" - Panel Discussion
 Volunteers for the Panel may contact Don Reid or sign up on the Registration form.
W6. 1:00 - 2:00 "Local Physics Alliance Zone Leader Meeting" - Ken Wester and Carl Wenning

High School Teacher Award

The 2009-2010 Outstanding High School Physics Teacher Award will be presented at the banquet on Friday evening.  The recipient is James Stankevitz, Wheaton Warrenville South High School, Wheaton, Illinois.  Congratulations James!


Call for 15 minute Contributed Presentations - Deadlines: Title (Mar. 12), Description (Mar. 19)

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

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

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.

Registration formThe deadline for banquet and lunch reservations is Mar. 19

 ● The chair of this meeting and local contact for checking on classroom and lab facilities is:
     Don Reid, Lincolnwood High School, Carlinville, IL,
 ● 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:  March 23, 2010













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