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Are you going to the NSTA conference in Philadelphia? Barry Feierman is driving in tomorrow (Friday) around 7 am and returning around 6 p.m; planning to visit the Pasco and Vernier workshops in the morning. Contact Barry at (bhfeier -at- aol.com) if you are interested in carpooling.
*** There is a new announcement for a job beginning January 2016.
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SEPS AAPT has put together a flyer with a calendar of upcoming events. Download it here, print it out, share it with your friends and colleagues!
Saturday morning, October 17
SEPS FALL DEMO DAY
Saturday morning, October 17, 2015, Dave Montalvo at Upper Merion Area High School will be hosting the Fall Demo Day. Light breakfast and conversation will start at 8:30 AM. Demos will begin at 9:15, and run until about 11:30.Upcoming Free SEPS/AAPT Workshops
If you plan to attend Demo Day, please email Dave Montalvo (DMontalvo -at- umasd.org) by October 1st, so Dave knows how much food to order. Also, if you are interested in performing a 10 minute demo, please let Dave know if there are any special materials you might need (projector, lab table space, electrical outlets, etc.). The cost will be $5 to cover food expenses, and $10 to pay for your SEPS 2015-16 dues. Bring the money on Demo Day, and it will be collected by our Treasurer, Art Zadrozny.
Here is the flyer, and here are directions.
The first of three Workshops this year will be held on Saturday Oct 3rd at Saint Joseph's University, from 9 am - noon (breakfast at 8:30). The theme is "Measuring Mass". Be prepared, you will be constructing and calibrating a number of different kinds of apparatus to measure inertial and gravitational mass. This is a hands-on workshop with some "take-home" goodies for your own classes.
We have limited registrations, so if you are interested, sign up now with Barry Feierman (bhfeier -at- aol.com) and Kathleen McElroy, the Workshop presenters.
There is no cost for the workshop for SEPS members provided you have paid your 2015-16 dues of $10. Mail your $10 membership dues to our Treasurer, Art Zadrozny, at 16 Painters Lane, Wayne, PA 19087. (You won’t have to pay dues again at the Demo Day on Oct. 17th)
Watch this space for details about the two remaining workshops.
Past Free SEPS/AAPT Workshops
The three workshops at La Salle University have been completed. These were Motion and Forces (October 4, 2014), Energy and Thermodynamics (February 28, 2015), and Waves, Light, and Sound (April 25, 2015). Click here to see Bill Berner's photos from the October 4 workshop. Click here to see Barry's slideshow of these photos. Click here to see Barry's slideshow of the February workshop. Click here to see Barry's slideshow of the April workshop.
2015 SEPS AAPT SPRING MEETING
The 2015 Spring Meeting was held March 6-7, 2015, at Swarthmore College. Click here to see the flyer. Click here to see Barry's slides of the meeting. Click here to see a slideshow of Barry's workshop on the Physics of Musical Instruments.
Saturday, October 18
2014 SEPS AAPT FALL DEMO SHOW
This year’s Fall Demo Day was held at East High School in West Chester, PA, starting at 9:00 with a light breakfast and conversation with area Physics teachers, followed by presentations of 5- to 10-minute demonstrations that can liven up your classes. Click here for a slideshow of photos put together by Barry Feierman.
These annual Fall Demo Days are a fun opportunity for physics teachers to gather and share their favorite class-room demonstrations. Past Demo Days have presented a range of demonstrations, from those using everyday items, like popcorn and broken glass, to technology that can show students how to measure the speed of light. Attendees need bring nothing more than a love for Physics, but all are welcome to bring and share their unique ways of demonstrating physics concepts.
2014 Spring Meeting at
Click here to see the
The SEPA Spring Meeting was held March
21-22 at Villanova University.
Friday evening invited speaker:
Edward Guinan, Villanova
Saturday morning invited speaker:
Michael Brown, Swarthmore College.
Saturday afternoon workshops:
"The Evolution of Introductory Physics Labs" panel discussion
facilitated by Barry Feierman; "Math and Sustainability" led by Victor
Donnay, Bryn Mawr College.
Plus: Friday night banquet,
contributed papers and demos, business meeting, lunchtime poster
sessions, Friday night observing and Saturday informal tours of
Villanova physics labs.
Edward Guinan's Friday talk, To Boldly Go?
Handout from Harriet
Slogoff's Electric Force demo.
Barry's slides from
Saturday's program and workshops.
Free Physics Workshops at
SEPS AAPT, in collaboration with LaSalle
University, offered a series of three free physics workshops for
science teachers on Saturday mornings in January, February, and April 2014.
here for a slideshow of the January
25 workshop, Teaching Electricity and Magnetism: An Inquiry
Click here for a slideshow of the February 22
workshop, Teaching Waves, Sound, and Light: An Inquiry
Click here for a slideshow of the April 5
workshop, Use of Data Collection Technological Tools,
Probeware, and Video Analysis in Teaching Physics. Click here for
the worksheet from the "Five Laws in Five Seconds for Five Dollars"
See the above notice for information about the next series of free workshops (October 2014, February 2015, and April 2015 at Saint Joseph's University).
2014 Physics Demonstration Show at
The University of Pennsylvania Department of Physics and
Astronomy presented its annual Holiday Demonstration Show on Monday and
Tuesday, January 13 & 14, 2014. Click here to see the announcement.
this event now available here.
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
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 is one new
Older job announcements (most recent first):
- Lab Lecturer/Coordinator, Rowan University
for details and contact information.
- Math and Physics teacher at Kohelet Yeshiva High School in Lower Merion
- Physics and Chemistry teacher at Merion Mercy Academy
- Leap Academy University Charter School in Camden seeks Physics Teacher for remainder of school year.
- Penn State Abington seeks part-time Physics instructors for Spring 2015
- Germantown Academy seeks Upper-School Physics Teacher for Fall 2015
- Full-time substitute Physics / Physical Science teacher at St. Joseph's Prep in Philadelphia, to start immediately
- Physics / Physical Science teacher at Clearview Regional High School District, Mullica Hill, NJ
- Physics teacher at Malvern Prep, to start September 2015
- Haverford College seeks a part-time course assistant for an undergraduate who is blind.
- Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Physics,
Penn State Harrisburg
- Physics Teacher at West Chester
Area School District
- Physics Adjunct Instructor at Jefferson Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
- Physics Teacher at Episcopal Academy
- 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.