• 11 Sep 2019 4:31 PM | Nancy Michaelsen (Administrator)


    Our annual fall demo day will be Saturday, October 12th at West Chester East HS.

    A light and informal breakfast will start around 8:30am, with demonstration sharing from 9 to about 12.

    This is always a popular and fun event. All members are encouraged to attend and SHOW OFF one of your favorite demos, gadgets, "hacks", etc. We traditionally just sign up to present on the spot. It's really fun.

    Contact Art Zadrozny (artzadrozny@gmail.com), this year's host, with any questions regarding facilities.

    Can't wait to see you there!

  • 07 May 2019 12:22 PM | Nancy Michaelsen (Administrator)



    Active Learning in Introductory Physics Courses: Research-Based Strategies that Improve Student Learning—July 15-17, 2019, Portland, Oregon

    Designed for those who teach introductory physics at universities, colleges and high schools. Graduate credit will be available through the University of Oregon.*

    Instructors: David Sokoloff, University of Oregon and Ronald Thornton, Tufts University

    Participants will be introduced to research-validated, classroom-tested strategies for each component of the introductory course that have been demonstrated to improve learning. These include Interactive Lecture Demonstration (ILDs), RealTime Physics (RTP) labs, Collaborative Problem-Solving Tutorials, Workshop Physics (WP), Physics with Video Analysis (PVA), and related online video analysis exercises. The course will also include the use of video analysis to identify analytic functions describing real data. Among other more recent developments are

    (1) 3rd ed. RTP E & M labs using video analysis, (2) ILDs using clickers, (3) online homework using Interactive Video Vignettes (IVVs), and (4) distance learning and in class labs using the self-contained, wireless IOLab (or other wireless data acquisition devices). Topics will be chosen from both semesters of introductory physics. Research on the effectiveness of these strategies will also be discussed.

    The tools and software used in these active learning curricula are compatible with Macintosh and Windows OS, and with the popular interfaces and sensors. Participants will receive complimentary printed copies of the curricula (published by Wiley and Vernier, and also available for high school use as the ABP High School E-dition).

    The course fee is $225. (Early bird registration until May 20 is $195.)

    * Up to three graduate credits from the University of Oregon will be available for an additional $90/credit.

    For more information and to register:


  • 23 Mar 2019 2:56 PM | Nancy Michaelsen (Administrator)

    The Southeast PA section of AAPT will be holding their 2019 Spring Meeting at Villanova University on March 29-30, 2019.

    NJAAPT is not having a Spring Meeting this year, since we hosted the Regional Meeting last November.  So we encourage you to attend the SEPA Spring Meeting and get rejuvenated about Physics teaching!

    Speakers/events at the meeting include:

    • Bill Berner - Educational Boundary Conditions - A Report from the High School/ College Discontinuity Zone
    • Eugenia Etkina -- Learning Physics by Practicing It
    • Angelo Armenti -- The Physics of Sports and Excel Spreadsheets
    • Workshop - Eight Challenging Labs for High School / College
    • Poster sessions, tours of Villanova Univ. labs

    The flyer is here

    Registration can be done here:  tinyurl.com/aapt-seps-2019

  • 14 Mar 2019 11:21 AM | Nancy Michaelsen (Administrator)

    The World Science Festival's City of Science is in need of 10 physics teachers to volunteer to present pre-planned physics exhibits at the April 27th City of Science event at the  April 27th City of Science event at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Rothman Center

    Teachers can apply to volunteer at http://bit.ly/cityofsciencenj.

  • 12 Feb 2019 7:09 PM | Anonymous

    The Physics Department of Rutgers University is currently accepting applications from high school students to participate in the 9th Annual Summer Workshop on Particle Physics and Cosmology. In this program, students will learn about the most important fundamental open questions being addressed in physics today. Students will gain first-hand knowledge of research in fundamental particle physics by analyzing actual data from the Large Hadron Collider at the CERN laboratory in Switzerland using the analysis tools used by research physicists.  In addition, students will get hands-on experience at collecting cosmic ray data and designing and carrying out their own cosmic ray experiments using particle detectors. Participating students will be expected to prepare and give a presentation with a group of fellow students at the conclusion of the program.

    Graduates from previous years have highly praised the program and have found it to be of great help in deciding on areas of study in college.  Participation in this program also helps to demonstrate a strong interest in science when applying for college admission.

    The program will consist of engaging activities, fun demonstrations, interesting guest lecturers, tours of different labs at Rutgers, one special trip, and opportunities to work with other highly motivated students from around New Jersey. 

    The program will require students to spend about 20 hours on pre-workshop preparation using materials and activities that will be provided.

    The program will meet weekdays (Monday through Friday) for two weeks at Rutgers University, Piscataway Campus, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM each day from Monday, July 8, 2018 to Friday, July 19, 2018. 

    This program is sponsored by QuarkNet, an organized outreach program of the US high energy physics community, supported in part by the National Science Foundation and the Office of High Energy Physics, Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy.  The program is also supported by the Physics Department of Rutgers University.

    Application Deadline: April 12, 2019

    The program is free for the students.

    Information and Permission Form

  • 22 Dec 2018 10:31 AM | Anonymous

    The Rutgers Graduate School of Education and the Rutgers Physics Department will be offering a training from July 15th-August 8th for physics teachers of all levels.

    The Rutgers Physics Teacher Summer Training is a four-week professional development program for physics teachers of all levels from conceptual to AP. Teachers meet Monday-Thursday in the Serin Physics Lab at Rutgers New Brunswick to do the following:

    • Design and conduct NGSS-aligned lessons and activities.

    • Implement, modify and discuss inquiry-based lab exercises.

    • Development and modify formative and summative assessments.

    • Receive and analyze a large number of classroom-ready resources for all

    core topics in the physics curriculum.

    • Discuss student motivation and classroom management strategies.

    • Share ideas and best-practices with peers and colleagues.

    • And a whole lot more!

    Total cost $400 for 16 day workshop

    More information here

  • 20 Dec 2018 5:45 AM | Anonymous

    Post-Holiday Blues (and Reds): A Whole New Light

    The Physics and Astronomy Department at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia will be offering two showings of an optics and waves demo show two days in a row on Monday, January 14th and Tuesday, January 15th at 9:30-11:30 am and noon-2 pm.  

    The show is open to students 9th grade and up.  Demonstrations will be in a developing sequence that will be educational as well as entertaining.

    To reserve seats email Peter Harnish pharnish@physics.upenn.edu or Bill Berner at berner@physics.upenn.edu.  Where: David Rittenhouse Laboratory, Lecture Hall A133rd and Walnut Street, Philadelphia PA

  • 26 Nov 2018 10:10 PM | Nancy Michaelsen (Administrator)

    Workshop:  How to Study Physics

    Information Flyer click here           

    • How hands-on, interactive labs can strengthen your students’ readiness for college Physics
    • What students need to know to be successful
    • Aligned to NJ Learning Standards in Science and Mathematics
    • Use simple, inexpensive techniques
    • Deepen understanding
    • Correct common misunderstandings

    Given by: 

    The Center for Pre-College Programs

    Professor Gordon Thomas, NJIT Physics Dept.

    NJIT Excellence in Teaching Awardee;  Teacher of Freshman Physics


    Thursday  Feb. 7,  2019   

    9:00 am – 2:30 pm           


    NJIT Campus, University Heights, Newark, NJ

    Parking free in NJIT multi-level garage


    $50   (registration until 1/24/19, by mail, or on Eventbrite site)

    Eventbrite link here

    Registration Form click here (to mail/send in)

  • 13 Nov 2018 8:10 PM | Nancy Michaelsen (Administrator)

    Supporting Teachers to Encourage Women in Physics

    Professional Development Workshop

    Wednesday, December 5, 2018

    9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    South Jersey Tech Park, Classroom 246

    107 Gilbreth Pkwy, Mullica Hill, NJ 08062

    Five (5) Professional Development Hours

    Cost: $161, lunch included

    Register here


    Kathryn Woodle, American Physical Society

    Trevor Smith, Department of Physics & Astronomy, Department of STEAM Education, Rowan University

    Karen Magee-Sauer, Department of Physics & Astronomy, Rowan University


    The percentage of women earning bachelor's degrees in physics is declining and continues to lag behind the other sciences. The American Physical Society’s STEP UP 4 Women project is tackling the issue by designing research-based curriculum/classroom strategies for high school teachers to encourage women to study undergraduate physics. 

    Unlike other sciences, post-secondary participation in physics falls dramatically, with high school, in most cases, being the last time we can inform and recruit large numbers of women into the field.

    This professional development day will provide teachers with APS STEP 4 Women evidence-based resources that can be used to reduce barriers and inspire young women to pursue physics. The program will also discuss tools for developing 3-D Assessments - Crosscutting Concepts as it relates to identifying productive ideas that are often hidden in students’ incorrect answers to multiple-choice questions.


    Appendix D of the NGSS (Appendix D: All Standards, All Students) identifies the need for classroom teachers to ensure that the NGSS are accessible to all students. As physics is many times the gatekeeper to engineering and other physical sciences, it is important to ensure that physics as a discipline is inclusive. Many of the strategies relate to other non-dominant groups as well.

    This professional development day will present STEP UP 4 Women evidence-based resources that can be used by classroom teachers to reduce barriers and inspire young women to pursue physics in college: 

    1. Everyday Actions guide, which focuses on explicit recruitment, reducing marginalization, and promoting recognition throughout the year. 
    2. Careers in Physics lesson, which helps students assess their personal values in relation to a career in physics, examine profiles of professionals with physics degrees, and envision themselves in a physics career. 
    3. Women in Physics lesson, in which students examine the conditions for women in physics and discuss gender issues with respect to famous physicists, gendered professions, and personal experience to neutralize the effect of stereotypes and bias.

    Tools for developing local 3-D Assessments - Crosscutting Concepts

    Current research seeks to identify productive ideas that are often hidden in students’ incorrect answers to multiple-choice questions. Giving students the opportunity to express wrong ideas can help them to be more engaged in classroom discussions and activities, and give them practice negotiating their ideas with others using evidence-based arguments. We will discuss strategies for promoting intellectual negotiation in the classroom.

    Instructors recommend bringing a laptop or tablet.

    Register here

  • 03 Sep 2018 9:59 AM | Anonymous

    If you missed our one day meeting at Rutgers on July 18th, the talks on Current Tension in Cosmology are available at the links below:

    Part 1

    Part 2

    Part 3

    Part 4

    Part 5

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