The New Jersey Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers (NJAAPT) is a professional organization whose focus is on physics education and educational research. The majority of NJAAPT members are high school and college faculty teaching in New Jersey. Activities include a Newsletter, Workshops, Conferences, Meetings, Sharing Sessions, Lectures, a Listserve, and a Website.
Bergen Community College Conference
On Saturday Nov. 9th, Bergen Community College in Paramus was the site of the most recent meeting in northern New Jersey. Paul Griffo, a member of the physics staff at BCC organized the event that attracted a group of about 75 – the largest number to date.
With the weather clearing in the early afternoon, those in attendance were treated to observing the sun with a solar telescope set up by Joe Sivo of BCC. The use of solar filters allowed the viewing of sunspots and the chromosphere of the closest star to Earth. Also, displayed were projects of students in the STEM program that included an electric car, a horizontal wind turbine, and an unmanned aerial vehicle.
A STEM student defined the program and expressed what she was able to accomplish through the teamwork fostered by project development. Steven Cohen discussed how students were able to construct an unmanned aerial vehicle complete with camera and GPS to fly a closed course.
The two main speakers were Steele Hill of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and Sean Soloman of the Lamont Geologic Earth Observatory at Columbia University. Steele Hill focused on the Solar Dymanics Laboratory that is responsible for studying the sun. He discussed the composition of the sun’s makeup, sunspots, CMEs, the solar cycle, the formation of aurora, and Comet ISON. Many of these concepts were explained by using video clips to illustrate his presentation.
Sean Soloman’s Exploring the Innermost Planet with the Messenger Spacecraft dealt with the mission to Mercury. Tracing the knowledge of the planet from ground based telescopes and instruments and the Mariner 10 mission, he presented the latest findings about the formation hypothesis, geologic and atmospheric makeup, and the magnetic field. Mercury poses a different problem than exploring Mars especially in attempting to land a probe since the aerodynamic factors necessary for using a parachute are non-existent. This problem made it necessary to make significant changes in the design and instrumentation packages to survive the extreme changes in temperature between the light and dark areas of Mercury – a difference of about 600oF.
Thanks to Paul Griffo, Joe Sivo, the STEM students and the Physics Department of Bergen Community College for sponsoring the meeting and the dinner that followed. We look forward to next year and another successful event.
Date: Saturday, February 8, 2014
Location: Rutgers University, Busch Campus, Physics Lecture Hall.
Doors open at 8:00 am, start time 9:00 am, ends ~ 1:00 pm
NOTE: This is a morning demo show — not the usual evening show!
Please send an email to Dave Maiullo if you wish to attend: email@example.com
Borislaw Bilash and Dave Maiullo will present demonstrations from their book, “A Demo a Day: A Year of Physics Demonstrations”. They will employ a selection of demonstrations from the book, supplementing with others, and cover a complete year of physics demonstrations over three 1-hour sessions.
There will also be stationary demos set up in the atrium, which will illustrate various physics phenomena.
Copies of the book, “A Demo a Day: A Year of Physics Demonstrations” will be available for purchase. Get your autographed copy !!!
Please send an email to Dave Maiullo if you wish to attend. firstname.lastname@example.org
Want to provide an exciting learning experience for your students. Then consider participating in the Annual 2014 physics Olympics. The Olympics brings students together from New Jersey for a friendly competition involving the use of physics and engineering to solve a task. As an example, event 4, The Paper Boomerang, requires the team to design and build a paper boomerang that returns the greatest distance.
Sponsored by NJAAPT since the mid-1970s, the event was organized by Dr. Fred Pregger and Mr. Jud Fink, retired physics professors from The College of New Jersey, and was held there until the mid–1990s when it moved to Rutgers University. From 2000 until the present, Monmouth Regional HS has sponsored the event.
I know your students will have phun, apply physics and engineering techniques to solve a problem, meet new fellow physics enthusiast at the competition and have an additional item for their resume. Consider joining us. Rules and registration form are listed bellowed. For info, contact John Valente at: email@example.com.
The Brochure: WELCOME 2014
Rules and Awards: 2014 NJAAPT PHYSICS OLYMPICS