• 21 Nov 2019 6:59 PM | Nancy Michaelsen (Administrator)

    The chair of TCNJ's Physics Department, Dr. David McGee ( mcgeed@tcnj.edu ), asked me to reach out to our Physics Teacher Advisory Group (PTAG) regarding the need for an instructor for a spring course - PHY 103/Physical Earth and Space Sciences (Please see below for a course description).

    This particular course is scheduled on Tuesdays and Fridays during the school day, so we realize you're unlikely to be available, but thought maybe you may know someone who may be a good fit.  If so, please pass along this message!

    TCNJ may also need instructors for evening physics, astronomy and geology classes in the summer and next fall; if you have an interest, please do let us know.  

    Thank you!

    Melissa Chessler


    1 course unit
    (with laboratory)
    (every semester)

    Restricted to students in Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and Special Education.

    This course introduces various topics from physical, earth, and/or space sciences, such as motion, Newton’s laws, energy, momentum, thermal energy, fluids, light, electromagnetic forces and fields, the Earth, the Solar System and the universe. Algebra-based equations, graphs, and scientific notations are used. Concepts are reinforced through laboratory experiments and problem-solving. This course is designed for elementary-level education majors to help them meet New Jersey state standards.

  • 25 Sep 2019 3:47 PM | Nancy Michaelsen (Administrator)

    Please join us on October 17th from 5:30 - 7:30 PM for the Fall meeting of the New Jersey Physics Teacher Advisory Group (NJ-PTAG).  Come learn about a professional development and research opportunity, discuss lesson planning possibilities for block vs. "regular" schedules, and seek out or provide advice for early-career physics teachers.  

    In addition to engaging with colleagues and gaining new ideas for teaching, participants receive FREE PHYSICS- FOCUSED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT HOURS from The College of New Jersey (TCNJ).

    The NJ-PTAG is an initiative of TCNJ’s NSF-funded Robert Noyce Physics Teacher Education Scholarship Program.  This regional network for physics teachers serves to promote new collaborations, an exchange of physics-teaching ideas, and opportunities to mentor and support early-career physics teachers.  Membership is open to all practicing high school physics teachers and mentors in the region, prospective physics teachers at TCNJ and other NJ colleges, and physics teacher education faculty at TCNJ and other NJ colleges.  NJ-PTAG meetings are held at least twice per year.

    Please join us!

    When:  Thursday, October 17th, 5:30 – 7:30.  Food will be provided.

    Where: TCNJ Physics and Math Building (formerly called the Science Complex), Room P309

    Cost:  Free.


    ·        Network with local colleagues.  

    ·        Learn about opportunities to participate in professional development and research regarding the use of spreadsheet models for physics as part of an NSF grant awarded to one of your colleagues (Michael McConnell, Spreadsheet Lab Manual, formerly from Cinnaminson High School).

    ·         Participate in a discussion about block schedule lesson planning and what works for block vs. "regular" schedules (Craig Halpern, Ewing High School)    

    ·         Provide advice to newer teachers and pre-service teachers in a "new teacher advisory roundtable discussion."  Early-career and pre-service teachers are invited to bring their questions and concerns and experienced teachers are asked to bring time-tested advice and thoughts about what they wish they had known when starting out.     



    ·        Credit for two hours of professional development, certified by TCNJ.  (Note that it is up to each participant to confirm acceptance of these PD hours by his/her school district.)

    ·        Reimbursement for travel in the form of a $15 Wawa gift card.


    Directions and Parking:  TCNJ’s campus is located at 2000 Pennington Rd., Ewing, NJ, 1.5 miles south of exit 72 on I-295 (old exit 4).   We have arranged to have the gates open (beginning at 5:00) for parking Lots 1 and 2, which are the closest to the Physics and Math Building.  No permit is required.  Should those lots be full, additional parking is available in Lot 4.  A map of campus and parking options is available here: https://parking.tcnj.edu/parking-map/

    RSVP: Please respond to this email by Friday, October 11th  to let us know that you plan to attend or to express interest in hearing about future NJ-PTAG events and opportunities.

    ***WHEN YOU RSVP, please tell us if you currently have block-scheduling at your school.  We invite you to bring along samples of successful block lessons to share. 

    Please feel free to share this invitation and to contact us with any questions you may have.  We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, October 17th!




    Dr. Nathan Magee
    Associate Professor of Physics
    Principal Investigator, NSF/Noyce Physics Teacher Education Program at TCNJ
    The College of New Jersey



    Dr. Melissa Chessler

    Assistant Program Director

    Robert Noyce Physics Teacher Education Program

    The College of New Jersey


  • 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!

  • 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

  • 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)

  • 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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