Spring 2013 Meeting of the Illinois Section of the AAPT

Setting New Standards in Physics Teaching
March 1-2, 2013
 Department of Physics, Western Illinois University
Macomb, Illinois 61455

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.

Friday Evening Banquet Speaker
"Radio Astronomy:  Observing the Invisible Universe"
Dr. Esteban D. Araya
Department of Physics, Western Illinois University

Saturday Morning Invited Speaker
"Super-Resolution: Quantum Tricks to Beat the Diffraction Limit"
Dr. Kishor T. Kapale
Department of Physics, Western Illinois University


Friday  1:00 - 2:15 pm
Panel Discussion - The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
Joint session of the ISAAPT and the Secondary Science Conference

Panel members:  Gwen Pollock (ISTA), Jim Rabchuk (WIU), Jill Bucher (Lincoln College),
                                   Gil Downey (ISBE), and Pat Schlinder (Scope Shoppe, Inc. and Flinn Scientific).
Through a collaborative, state-led process managed by Achieve, new K–12 science standards are being developed that will be rich in content and practice, arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally benchmarked science education. The NGSS will be based on the Framework for K–12 Science Education developed by the National Research Council.


Call for 15 minute Contributed Presentations - Deadlines: Title (Feb. 19), Description (Feb. 22)

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.


● Tours of research labs will be given on Friday afternoon following the final session.
● The Council will meet on Saturday morning.
● Awards for the Student Research Symposium will be presented 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 or app, 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.


Esteban Araya
Radio Astronomy

Andrew Morrison
3D Printing

Don Reid
Simple Circuit - Take 5

Kishor Kapale
Quantum Tricks

 ● The chair of this meeting and local contact for checking on classroom and lab facilities is:
     Brian Davies, Department of Physics, Western Illinois University,  Macomb, IL  61455
          309-298-1307    bm-davies@wiu.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:  August 1, 2013












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