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2013 Spring Meeting at Drexel
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 "Communicating Physics".
Click here to see some photos from the meeting.
Here are links to view or download some of the talks:
Click here for the complete program (pdf file).
Physics Demonstration Show at Penn
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 Fall Demo Day
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 abstracts of demos.
Two New PTRA Workshops
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, 2013.
National AAPT Meeting in Philadelphia
The 2012 National AAPT Summer Meeting was held July 28 - August 1 at the University of Pennsylvania.
2012 Spring Meeting at St. Joseph University
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 Prep
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 Sciences
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
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
There are several new job announcements:
for details and contact information.
- Full-time Physics Teacher at St. Andrews (Delaware)
- Full-time Upper School Teacher at Agnes Irwin
- Physics Teacher at Episcopal Academy
- Physics and Math Teacher at Hun School (Princeton)
- Upper School Chemistry Teacher at Friends Select
- Full-time Physics Teacher at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy
- Adjunct Physics Teacher at Rowan University, Fall 2013
- Part-time Physics Lecturer at Penn State Abington (summer 2013)
- FAME Delaware Seeks Part-time Science Teachers
- Secondary Physics Teacher at Mastery Charter Schools
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.