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2013 Fall Demo
The SEPA Fall Demo Show took place on Friday, October
11, at Sun Valley High School, Aston, PA. Click here for a summary of the
demos. Click here for Barry's photos.
2013 Spring Meeting at
The SEPA Spring Meeting was held on Friday, April 26
and Saturday, April 27, at Drexel University. This was a joint meeting
with Society of Physics Students (SPS) Zone 3, on the theme of
Click here to see Barry Feierman's photos of some of the
speakers, and here to see a lot more photos from
Here are links to view or download some of the
talks: Click here
for the complete program (pdf file), which includes abstracts of the
workshops and talks.
Physics Demonstration Show at
The University of Pennsylvania Department of Physics and
Astronomy presented its annual Holiday Demonstration Show on Monday and
Tuesday, January 7 & 8, 2013. Click here to see the announcement.
SEPA 2012 Fall Demo
The SEPA Fall Demo Day took place on Saturday October
27, 2012, at Harriton High school in Rosemont, PA. Click here to see the announcement.
Click here to see some photos. Click here for descriptions of the demos (Just added!).
Two New PTRA
These two PTRA workshops are offered by the Central
Pennsylvania Section of AAPT.
Kinematic Measurement: Simple to Complex at
Misericordia University, Friday, November 16, 2012.
Electronic and Digital Resources
for Physics Teaching at Millersville University, Friday, March 8,
National AAPT Meeting in
The 2012 National AAPT Summer Meeting was held
July 28 - August 1 at the University of Pennsylvania.
2012 Spring Meeting at St. Joseph
The Spring Meeting, "Growing Your Physics Program",
was held March 30 and 31 at St. Joseph University. Friday evening
featured a delicious meal and our guest speaker, Robert C. Hillborn, who
spoke on "How to Grow Your High School or Undergraduate Physics
Program." Saturday morning's program included two invited talks, several
contributed papers and demonstrations, and the annual SEPS AAPT members'
meeting. After lunch, the members attended one of two workshops.
Click here for a detailed summary of the meeting.
2011 Fall Demo Night at Malvern
Fall Demo Night was held Friday, October 7 at Malvern Prep
School. Click here for a summary of the event and Barry's
demo. Click here to see some photos.
2011 Spring meeting at University of the
The 2011 Spring meeting was held at University of
the Sciences in Philadelphia, on Friday and Saturday, April 1 and 2.
Friday, April 1
After registration and dinner in the
STC Atrium, we gathered for the invited talk, "Human vision and the
nature of light" given by Prof. Phillip Nelson, University of
Pennsylvania. Dr. Phillip Nelson introduced and elaborated on the
remarkable fact that the human eye contains receptors capable of
detecting a single photon. Through an array of captivating visuals, Dr.
Nelson illustrated that it has become possible to measure the tiny
currents from individual rod and cone cells as they are stimulated with
flashes of light, from this, be able to measure their complete spectral
response curves hence quantifying Thomas Young's 3-color theory.
After a continental breakfast, the SEPS AAPT
meeting resumed in the Pharmacology Toxicology Center at the University
of the Sciences. Drs. D. Nyamjav and Sergio Freire, University of the
Sciences introduced the topic, Nanotechnology. These talks were
designed to provide a brief overview of Nanoscience and technology, the
challenges, the successes and breakthroughs, and how it can affect our
daily lives or the future. After these guest speakers had finished, two
parallel sessions on contributed papers and demonstrations took place.
One of the parallel sessions further developed nanotechnology; the other
one focused on a variety of high school physics concepts and
demonstrations. Click here for a list of contriputed papers.
Following lunch and the SEPS AAPT business
meeting and prize giveaways, the Spring Meeting resumed at the STC
building, with two workshops held simultaneously. There was a
nanotechnology workshop hosted by Drs. Julie Nucci and Jim Overhiser
from Cornell University including two short activities based on the
nanoscale and powers of ten followed by participants simulating a
topographic scanner; an AFM (Atomic Force Microscopy) lab developed by
the CNS Institute for Physics Teachers. The second workshop given by
Barry Feierman (Westtown School) and Bill Berner (University of
Pennsylvania) was on probeware; offering hands-on participation on the
use of a variety of Vernier and Pasco probes. Click here to
download a PowerPoint presentation from the probeware workshop.
Click here to see a selection of photos from the meeting.
2010 Fall Demo Night
The annual SEPS AAPT Demo
night was hosted this year at Pope John Paul High School, Royersford by
the SEPS Vice-President, Mary Sevon. The evening began with a delicious
dinner where new and veteran members of the SEPS networked. We had
quite a few new members who had attended the "Teaching Physics for the
First or Fifty First Time" workshop held at La Salle on Saturday,
October 9, 2010 in attendance at Demo night.
A variety of
demonstrations ranging from mechanics to light were shared by seven
members of SEPS. The "Law of Inertia" demonstration was a simply
constructed apparatus which could be used to show the relationship
between period and mass. A clip from the National Geographic
documentary on the humming bird was used to introduce and discuss
physics' concepts of sound, loss of energy, and iridescence. An array
of experiments using lasers, "lights you can't see," was shown to the
group; one in particular was using an infrared laser to burst an
inflated black balloon inside an inflated transparent balloon.
The evening ended at around 9:00 pm, and SEPS members had quite a few
new ideas to take home to the classroom. A big thank you goes to Mary
Sevon for putting this very successful evening together.
There are several
new job announcements (most recent first):
for details and contact information.
Lecturer in Physics, Penn State Harrisburg
- Physics Teacher
at West Chester Area School District
- Adjunct Physics Instructor
at University of the Sciences
- Physics Teacher at Sun Valley
High School, Aston
- Physics Adjunct Instructor at Jefferson
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
- Math Teacher at Merion
- Physics Teacher at Delaware County Christian
- Physics Teacher at Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy
- Summer Science Institute Director at Westtown School
- Full-time Physics Teacher at Springside Chestnut Hill
- Full-time Physics Teacher at St. Andrews
- Full-time Upper School Teacher at Agnes Irwin
- Physics Teacher at Episcopal Academy
- Upper School Chemistry
Teacher at Friends Select
- Adjunct Physics Teacher at
Rowan University, Fall 2013
- Part-time Physics Lecturer at Penn
State Abington (summer 2013)
- FAME Delaware Seeks Part-time
- Secondary Physics Teacher at Mastery Charter
If you know of a job to be
posted, or if a position listed here has been filled, please send the
information to mtakats -at- ursinus.edu.