Spring 2016 Meeting of the Illinois Section of the AAPT

From High School to College - Bridging the Gap
April 22-23, 2016
Department of Physics, University of Illinois
Urbana, Illinois 61801-3080


We are pleased to invite you to attend the Spring 2016 meeting of the ISAAPT.  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.

We are again using Google forms with the results being posted immediately via the corresponding Google spreadsheets.  Note that each spreadsheet contains customized worksheets derived from the Data worksheet.

Here are some photos taken at the meeting and posted on Flickr.

Program Call for
Registration Hotels Directions Parking
Tabulation → Presentations Fees Attendees Take Fives Workshops Session chairs
    Dues Attendance Banquet Lunch Judges


Invited Speakers
Friday afternoon at 3:00 pm
"Investigative Science Learning Environment: Learning physics by practicing it" - 78 slides
Eugenia Etkina, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University
Friday evening banquet speaker at 7:15 pm
"Recent Discoveries in Fundamental Physics:
 Solar Neutrinos, Higgs Boson, and Gravitational Waves
" - 65 slides

Mark Neubauer, Physics Department, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Saturday morning at 10:00 am
"Using IOLab sensors in a flipped high school physics curriculum" - 16 slides
Chris Cunnings, Wilmington High School
Saturday morning at 10:30 am
"Reforming Introductory Labs at the University of Illinois" - 35 slides
Mats Selen, Physics Department, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


W1. Friday
10:00 am - noon
Online Mastery Homework
Brianne Gutmann, Physics Department, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
W2. Friday
10:00 am - noon
IOLab - a multi-sensor device
Katherine Ansell, Physics Department, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
W3. Saturday
1:00 - 3:00 pm
IOLab - a multi-sensor device
Eric Martell, Physics Department, Millikin University
Morten Lundsgaard, Physics Department, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Call for 15 minute Contributed Presentations - Deadlines: Title (Apr. 8), Description (Apr. 15)

Contributed presentations are scheduled on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning.  There are six categories of resentations: 1. Active Learning, 2. Teaching Methods, 3. Demonstrations, 4. Research, 5. Student Research Symposium, and 6. Other.  Please check the appropriate box when you fill out the Online form.

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 volunteers.

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.

2016 Distinguished Service Citation.  This will be presented to Andrew Morrison during the banquet on Friday evening.
Council Meeting.  The Council will meet on Saturday morning before the first session.

The registration fee for faculty is $40 (both days), $30 (Friday only), and $20 (Saturday only).
        It is free for students, guests, invited guests, and invited teachers.
        After April 15, the registration fee for faculty will be increased by $5.
  •  Section dues:  $20 (faculty), $10 (K-12)
Workshop W1.  The workshop is free.  Enrollment is limited to 20.
  •  Workshops W2 and W3.  These workshops are free.  Enrollment is limited to 15 in each one.
  •  Friday evening banquet buffet:  $25
        Entree - meat and vegetarian choices
  •  Saturday box lunch:  $10
        Sandwich choices:  turkey, ham, roast beef, vegetarian wrap
  •  The deadline for banquet and lunch reservations is Friday, April 15.

When you arrive at the meeting you may pay the total fees at the Registration table by using (1) cash, (2) a personal check, (3) a school or company check, (4) a credit card, or (5) PayPal.

If you have already registered and would like to pay beforehand by credit card or PayPal, check the fees page for the amount, click on the Pay Now button below, and type in that amount. You will receive an email receipt and the treasurer of the Illinois Section (Ken Wester) will be informed of the transaction. Thank you.

 ● The chair of this meeting and local contact for checking on classroom and lab facilities is:
     Morten Lundsgaard, Coord. 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, contact: 
David Renneke, 309-786-5247, davidrenneke@augustana.edu

Illinois Section of the AAPT
Last update:  June 8, 2016











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