The New Jersey Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers (NJAAPT) is a professional organization whose focus is on physics education and educational research. The majority of NJAAPT members are high school and college faculty teaching in New Jersey. Activities include a Newsletter, Workshops, Conferences, Meetings, Sharing Sessions, Lectures, a Listserve, and a Website.
Click on “Calendar of Events” on the top menu to see the events that are offered this year.
A mirror make-n-take workshop will take place at Monmouth Regional HS on Saturday May 3.
For further information, contact John Valente or Jessie Blair (see “NJ Section Information / Contact Members of Executive Board” on top menu of this website.
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The Spring Meeting was a resounding success this past weekend at Princeton University. This annual event brought our members together to hear and discuss a couple of topics that are of great importance to classroom teachers.
Friday evening’s session was a very relaxed and informal with a reception and dinner in the Joseph Henry Room. Chuck Keeton of Rutgers University discussed the recent developments and theories relating to dark matter. His presentation was lively paced and led to many interesting questions from the audience.
Wil van der Veen of Raritan Valley Community College addressed the Next Generation Science Standards. With a handout for the audience to use as reference, he explained the work of the committee in a very thorough manner. He also addressed the difficulties that could arise if the Standards are not implemented properly.
Joe Stieve drove up from his home in Virginia on Saturday morning to explain the changes in the AP Physics B curriculum. As a seasoned workshop leader who has conducted this type of program nationwide and provided a good insight into the sequence of topics covered in the course.
At lunch, the attendees had an opportunity to converse with each other while enjoying a sumptuous meal. A drawing for a gift certificate was won by Ann Tabor Morris of Georgian Court University and she generously donated the item to a teacher from an impoverished school district.
After lunch the group launched into three breakout sessions to discuss the NGSS, AP Physics B, and SGO’s. They were able to select two of the three sessions to attend and to ask questions of the speakers. The meeting concluded with a Demo Sharing Session conducted by our members.
A recap of the meeting along with the handouts can be found on our website: www.njaapt.org in the Past Events section.
I would like to thank all who attended the event and participated in organizing the program for their dedication to physics education.
It was another successful year for the Physics Olympics! This year, 22 schools and 45 teams participated in the 2014 Physics Olympics. Many schools brought student and parent observers to cheer on their school’s team. All together, over 300 students, teachers and parents joined together to do physics on a beautiful January day. The students competed in the following six competitions: The Fermi Question, The Catapult Event, The Cantilever Event, The Collapsing Tower of Dominoes Event, The paper Tower Event and The Paper Boomerang Event. J. P. Stevens HS won 1st place overall while Chatham HS took 2nd overall and Monmouth Regional took 3rd overall. The schools that won 1st place in the individual events are as follows: Fermi Question, JP Stevens HS; Boomerang, Oakcrest HS; Catapult, Manchester HS, Cantilever & Paper Tower, Chatham HS; Collapsing Tower, Monsignor Donovan HS
Sponsored by the New Jersey Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers, (NJAAPT), since the mid-1970s, the event was organized by Dr Fred Pregger and Mr. Jud Fink, retired physics professors from The College of New Jersey as well many others form NJAAPT. The Olympics was held at The College of New Jersey until the mid–1990’s when it moved to Rutgers University, under the guidance of David Maiullo, Physics Support Specialist, Rutgers University. From 2000 until the present, Monmouth Regional HS has sponsored the event under the guidance of Jessie Blair, retired Chairwoman of the Science Department at Monmouth Regional HS and, John Valente, Physics Instructor at the Marine Academy of Science & Technology.