Spring 2012 Meeting of the Illinois Section of the AAPT

"Engage to Excel"
March 30-31
, 2012
Department of Physics, University of Illinois
Urbana, Illinois 61801-3080

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 February the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology wrote a report to the president titled: "Engage to Excel: Producing one million additional college graduates with degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics."  The theme of this meeting will build on the recommendations of this report, investigating ideas that could provide transformative and sustainable change in STEM education.

Invited speakers

Banquet speaker
 on Friday evening
"The Large Hadron Collider:
 Probing the Universe at the biggest science project ever"

Tony Liss
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
3:00-3:30 pm
"Engage to Excel: Opportunities and risks of the national initiative
 to improve STEM education
Tim Stelzer
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
3:30-4:00 pm
"Interactive Online Labs: Hands-on activities exactly when you need them"
Mats Selen
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
10:00-10:30 am
"Flex Paced Flipped Mastery Physics"
Rob White and Bill Sadler

Bradley Bourbonnais Community High School
10:30-11:00 am
"Support to Excel: Professional development for in-service teachers"
Morten Lundsgaard
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Workshops - All will be on Friday morning

W1. 10:00-12:00 "Mini Modeling"
   Carl Wenning, Illinois State University
W3. 11:00-12:00 "Using Clickers to Engage Students in Class"
    Mayla Sanchez, Regional Technology Specialist, i>clicker
W4. 11:00-12:00 "Entrepreneurial Science" - Cracker Barrel Discussion
    Dan Holland, Illinois State University

High School Teacher Award

The recipient of the 2011-2012 Outstanding High School Physics Teacher Award is Jeremy Paschke who teaches at York High School, Elmhurst, Illinois.  He will be presented with the award during the Friday evening banquet.  Congratulations Jeremy!


Call for 15 minute Contributed Presentations - Deadlines: Title (Mar. 21), Description (Mar. 23)

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.  Here is the current list of judges.


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 form.  The deadline for banquet and lunch reservations is Friday,  Mar. 23


Tyler Linder

Andrew Vikartofsky

Trevor Smith

Student Research Symposium award winners

Mats Selen

Jeremy Paschke
HS Teacher Award

Tom Snyder - 2011
Distinguished Service Citation

 ● The chair of this meeting and local contact for checking on classroom and lab facilities is:
     Morten Lundsgaard, Coordinator of Physics Teacher Development, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
     Department of Physics, 1110 West Green Street, Urbana, IL 61801, 217-244-9249 , mlundsga@illinois.edu
 ● 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, davidrenneke@augustana.edu

Illinois Section of the AAPT
Last update:  June 21, 2012













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