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BRYN MAWR OPEN HOUSE, October 8, 2016

This second open house workshop, offered by Southeast Pennsylvania AAPT at Bryn Mawr College, will take place on Saturday, October 8, from 9 am to noon.

The first workshop was held on Saturday, May 21st. Click here to see Barry's slides of the workshop, which was an Open House at the introductory lab to explore any of the 16 labs set up for the spring semester, covering a variety of topics in mechanics, E&M, and waves.


The Southeast Pennsylvania section FALL DEMO DAY will be held on Saturday October 15 at the Science Leadership Academy at 55 N 22nd Street, Philadelphia. Fall Demo Day is the event where we share a variety of hands-on demonstrations and hold discussions about topics of interest.

We meet at 8:30 am for a light breakfast ($5 donations accepted) then proceed with demonstrations and discussions from 9:00 am. We usually finish up before noon, and sometimes a few of us gather for lunch at a nearby restaurant to continue discussions. Come meet your local colleagues! There is something here for rookies as well as seasoned teachers. If you have a favorite demonstration (guide is 10 minutes) then bring it to share. To register, please email Barry Feierman (bhfeier -at-, and write a short description of your demo. Mention any special items or equipment you may need from our host. Handouts are also welcome including sharing new curricular materials.

Two recent changes in the traditional high school Physics curriculum are the addition of Advanced Placement AP 1/2 and the introduction of Physics in 9th grade (Physics First). We hope to hear from teachers of Advanced Placement 1/2 courses or hear from teachers who are implementing a new 9th grade "Physics First" curriculum. The demonstrations and topics vary each year, but always include items you can use in your own classroom.

Free SEPS/AAPT Workshops (2015-2016)

The third workshop in the series will take place at LaSalle on October 29 (save the date!)

The first Workshop was held on Saturday Oct 3rd at Saint Joseph's University. This hands-on workshop, on the theme of "Measuring Mass", was presented by Barry Feierman and Kathleen McElroy. Click here to see Barry's slides of the workshop. The second workshop (Electricity and Magnetism) was held February 6 at LaSalle.


The 2017 United State Young Physicists Tournament, USAYPT, will be held in January 2017 at University of the Sciences. The Physics Academy has been organized by University of the Sciences and Phoenixville High School to engage more High Schools in the tournament.

Meetings of the Academy were held in April and May. Contact Gerard Jennings (JenningsG -at- or Ella Eschenazi (e.eschen -at- More information coming soon!


The 2016 Spring Meeting was held Friday and Saturday April 1-2, 2016, at Saint Joseph's University. It featured Friday night dinner with guest speaker Paul Hewitt, Saturday morning invited speakers, and Saturday afternoon workshops.

Invited speakers: Paul Steinhardt (Princeton University) spoke on "Once Upon a Time in Kamchatka" (his travels to the far east of Russia and research into quasicrystals); Rick Van Berg (University of Pennsylvania) spoke on "Sixty Years of Experimental Neutrino Physics...A Somewhat Personal Perspective". Workshops: Jim Ferrara presented a workshop about teaching the new AP1 and AP2 Physics curricula; PASCO presented a hands-on workshop on their CAPSTONE software and accompanying hardware.

Click here to see Barry's slides of the meeting.

Annual Holiday Demonstration Show at Penn

The University of Pennsylvania Department of Physics and Astronomy presented its annual Holiday Demonstration Show on Monday and Tuesday, January 11 & 12, 2016. Click here to see the announcement.

AAPT/SEPS Membership
Please join us or renew your membership by mailing $10.00 to:

Art Zadrozny
Treasurer SEPS/AAPT
16 Painters Lane
Chesterbrook, PA 19087
email: artzadrozny -at-

We have Spring and Fall meetings, demo nights, and can provide lots of information and tips on teaching and physics.

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