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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.  NJAAPT is committed to outreach and support for Physics teachers.  The majority of NJAAPT members are high school and college faculty teaching in New Jersey.    Activities and resources include Workshops, Conferences, Meetings, Sharing Sessions, Lectures, a Listserve, and a Website.

Click on “Calendar of Events” on the top menu to see the events that are offered this year.

2015 NJAAPT Physics Olympics – Brochure

 

WELCOME!

 

We look forward to your school’s participation at the NJAAPT sponsored “NJ Physics Olympics” to be held on Saturday, January 17h, 2015 at Monmouth Regional High School. The competition is a lot of fun and your students will meet, share experiences, and compete with other students from various parts of New Jersey.

 

In order to participate you must complete the attached registration form and send your check within the deadline prescribed. Rules & directions can be obtained by e-mailing the event organizers at jvalente@ctemc.org. You can also request that your team be mailed the complete rules for the competition and directions to the event. The fee of $35.00 per team helps defray the cost of postage, supplies, trophies and donuts. IOU’s will be accepted in the case where school checks cannot be sent in time. No purchase orders can be accepted. The fee will be reduced to $25.00 per team if the team registers by December 15, 2014. Each team may have up to six members.

 

Each high school must have at least one faculty member accompanying the team who will be asked to help judge one of the events. More than one faculty member will be welcomed. We could really use the help.

 

On the day of the Olympics, plan on arriving for the final registration between 8:00 am and 9:00 am. The first event begins at 9:00am. The day’s activities should conclude around 2:30pm.

 

You may bring your own box lunches. The cafeteria will not be open. Morning refreshments will be served (coffee, tea, juice, bagels and donuts). Please note that there are no restaurants walking distance from the school. You may arrange to have pizza/subs delivered.

 

Since there are a maximum number of teams that we will be able to handle, we may have to ask for a multiple team school to only send one team. Should this happen we will notify you by January 7, 2015. Fees for eliminated teams will be refunded.

 

 

 

 

 

EVENT GOALS

 

PLEASE NOTE: The following are only brief descriptions of each event. Full rules, competition scoring procedures, and the scoring formula can be obtained at.

jvalente@ctemc.org

 

  • FERMI QUESTION - To estimate the order of magnitude of a quantity that is difficult or impossible to measure.
  • Marble Roller Coaster - To design and build a marble roller coaster of vertical loops and jumps from paper towel tubes.
  • Rube Goldberg Machine- To design a Rube Goldberg Machine that produces the most mechanical energy    changes.
  • Paper Airplane- To construct a paper airplane using one sheet of

12 in x 18 in construction paper that will glide a distance of 50 feet to a maximum height of 25 feet.

  • Penny Cantilever- To build a penny cantilever that extends as far as possible off of a table without any attached supports.
  • Slow Bicycle Race- To ride a two wheeled bicycle over a fixed course in the longest interval of time.

 

 

 

 

Updates to the rules and frequently asked questions with answer will be available by

e-mailing the event organizers at:

 

                       jvalente@ctemc.org

 

It is the team’s responsibility to periodically inquire about changes and clarifications to the rules.

Awards

 

Six First Place Trophies

One for the highest score in each of the six events.

 

One Third Place Overall Trophy

To the team with the third highest overall score in all six events.

 

One Second Place Overall Trophy

To the team with the second highest overall score in all six events.

 

One First Place Overall Trophy

To the team with the highest overall score in all six events.

The NJ PHYSICS OLYMPICS SILVER SERIAL BOWL

 

The first place trophy team will also receive the NJ Physics Olympics Serial Bowl. The name of the winning team’s school will be engraved on the bowl and that school will proudly display it in their school’s trophy case until the 2016 Physics Olympics.

 

 

 

 

 


REGISTRATION FORM

 

To register, complete and return this form with a

$25.00 check for each team entered by

December 15, 2014 (6 members per team).

Late registration is $35 per team after

December 15, 2014.

Rules & directions can be obtained by

e-mailing the event organizers at:   jvalente@ctemc.org

You can also request that your team be mailed the rules for the competition and directions to the event.

 

School

Name:

School

Address:

 

 

 

Teacher’s

Name(s):

 

 

School

Phone:

Home

Phone:

FAX:

EMAIL:

Number of Teams:

Total Value of check:

Do you want a copy of the rules & directions mailed to you (you may obtain them by e-mailing the event organizers at jvalente@ctemc.org.

 

YES     NO

 

Make checks payable to the “NJAAPT” and mail to:

                          John Valente

M.A.S.T.

BLDG. 305

   Sandy Hook, NJ 07732

$25 per team postmarked by 12/15/14

$35 per team postmarked after 12/15/14

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOR FURTHER INFO

 

If you need further information on the

NJ Physics Olympics, please contact

John Valente in one of the following ways:

 

MAIL:       M.A.S.T.

BLDG. 305

Sandy Hook, NJ 07732

 

 

EMAIL:  jvalente@ctemc.org

 

 

 

         COMMITTEE

 

NJAAPT Executive Board Members

 

 

 

 

 

 

                 The
           New Jersey Section of the
         AMERICAN
         ASSOCIATION

                             OF

   PHYSICS TEACHERS

 

Invites you and your school to the

 

2015 NEW JERSEY

       PHYSICS OLYMPICS

on

 

Saturday

January 17th, 2015

 

at

 

Monmouth Regional

               High School

               Tinton Falls

               New Jersey

 

Outline of this year’s events with               registration form and deadlines are inside.

 

 

 

2015 NJAAPT Physics Olympics – Slow Bicycle Race

EVENT 6: SLOW BICYCLE RACE

                                                                        (As of 9/30/14)

 

OBJECTIVE: To ride a two wheeled bicycle over a fixed course in the greatest interval of time.

 

 

RULES:

  1. A course 0.75 meters wide will be marked on a flat (as close as possible) sidewalk using chalk or tape.
  2. The course may have, but not limeted to, turns, zizzags and/or straight runs and may return to the starting point.
  3. In case of inclement weather, the even will take place indoors on a typical non-carpeted high school hallway.
  4. Each team must provide its own bicycle. The same bicycle must be used for all trials by a single team. This bicycle can be modified in any manner as long as these modifications do not conflict with the following:
    1. Each bicycle must have only two rubber tired pneumatic wheels in ground contact, which are coplanar in the plane of the bicycle frame when traveling forward in a normal fashion.
    2. The bicycle must have steering capacity.
    3. Tire prints of the bicycle must not exceed a width of 8 cm and a length of 15 cm when the student is on the bicycle. The minimum wheel radius including tires is 10 cm.
    4. No part of the bicycle except the tires may touch the course.
    5. Forward motion shall be provided only by the muscles of the rider.
  5. The bicycle may be brought to the competition partially assembled but must be fully assembled at the time of the event.
  6. During registration, the team must present to the judge(s) a picture of their bicycle taken from within their classroom/lab to document their design. No major design changes will be permitted once the photos are submitted.
  7. No part of the competitor’s body may touch the ground during the event.
  8. The bicycle must remain within the boundaries of the course and maintain FORWARD motion at all times.
  9. Each team will be allowed two attempts to complete the course.

 

 

 

COMPETITION AND SCORING:

  1. The course will be marked to indicate a start and finish lines.
  2. As soon as the front wheel crosses the start line the judge will start the stopwatch.
  3. Time will stop and be recorded when;
  4. The front wheel crosses the finish line.
  5. The rider’s foot touches the ground.
  6. The bicycle comes to a stop or rolls backwards.
  7. The contact points of the wheel touch the boundary.
  8. Greatest time wins.

 

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SCORE =       (Your time)          X 100

(Greatest time)

2015 NJAAPT Physics Olympics – Penny Cantilever

 

                                          EVENT 5: PENNY CANTILIVER

                                                             (As 9/30/14)

 

OBJECTIVE:  To build a penny cantilever that extends as far as possible off of a table without any attached supports.

 

RULES:

  1. The penny cantilever is to be constructed by the team during the event.
  2. The cantilever is to be constructed entirely from up to 100 pennies minted during the years from 1985 to 2015.
  3. A removable form may be used.
  4. The cantilever cannot be attached to the table or any other object.
  5. The pennies cannot be attached to each other.
  6. The pennies cannot have any appreciable corrosion, oxidation or damage.
  7. The pennies cannot be altered.
  8. No part of the he cantilever can exceed two inches in height.
  9. The portion of the cantilever supported by the table cannot be longer than three times the length of the portion suspended from the table.
  10. During registration, the team must present to the judge(s) a picture of their apparatus taken from within their classroom/lab to document their design. No major design changes will be permitted once the photos are submitted.

 

 

 

COMPETITION AND SCORING:

  1. Each participant will bring to the completion 100 pennies dated

from 1985 to 2015.

  1. The pennies will be counted and inspected by the judge(s).
  2. Within a 15-minute time limit, the team will be given three changes to construct their cantilever; after the third collapse of the cantilever, the team will be disqualified.
  3. After the 15-minute time limit or when the entrants notify the judge(s) the length of the cantilever extending unsupported from the table will be measured in centimeters and used to calculate the score.
  4. The numbers of pennies used to construct the penny cantilever will be counted by the judge(s) and used to calculate the score.

 

RAW SCORE = Length of unsupported cantilever segment

Number of pennies used
Score = Your Raw Score    X 100
Best Raw Score

 

2015 NJAAPT Physics Olympics – Paper Airplane

EVENT 4: PAPER AIRPLANE

(As of 9/30/14)

 

 

 

OBJECTIVE: To construct a paper airplane using one sheet of 12 in x 18 in construction paper that will glide a distance of 50 feet to a maximum height of 25 feet.

 

 

RULES:

  1. Each team will be provided with two sheets of 12 x 18 in construction paper.
  2. The airplane must be constructed in 15 minutes from one sheet of paper (the second sheet is a spare) at the time of the event.
  3. The entire sheet of paper must be used ( i.e., no piece may be removed or attached).
  4. The paper may be folded in any way.
  5. The paper may be cut or ripped.
  6. Lift for the airplane must be based upon Bernoulli’s principle. It must be clear to the judge(s) that the principal design of the airplane uses ths principles of flight as explained by Bernoulli’s principle.
  7. One team member will throw the plane from behind a 50 ft marker.
  8. The plane must be thrown from a standing position (no running throws).
  9. The plane may not be thrown from a height higher then 6 ft.
  10. The thrower’s hand may not pass the 50 ft line.

 

COMPETITION AND SCORING:

 

  1. The test area will be located in the school’s multipurpose room 50 ft from one wall. The wall is 25 ft high.
  2. The distance measurement will be taken from the throw line to the first part of the airplane that lands on the floor.
  3. If the plane travels the maximum distance, the height to which the plane’s nose hits the wall will be recorded.
  4. Each team will be allowed two launches. The better of the two will be used for the team’s score.

SCORE=  Your best distance in feet (horizontal + vertical)      X 100

                   Winning distance in feet (horizontal + vertical)

2015 NJAAPT Physics OLympics – Rube Goldberg Machine

EVENT 3: Rube Goldberg Machine

(As of 9/30/14)

OBJECTIVE: To design a Rube Goldberg Machine that produces the most mechanical energy changes.

 

 

RULES:

  1. The machine must be designed and constructed entirely by the entrants from household materials or materials available from hardware stores or from art/hobby supply stores.
  2. The machine may be brought to the competition partially assembled but must be fully assembled at the time of the event. The machine may not be built on site.
  3. The maximum dimensions for the Rube Goldberg Machine are 1.00×1.00×0.85 meters.
  4. The energy to run the machine must be supplied by mechanical means such as rubber bands, spring weights, pulleys, and mechanical launchers. The machine must be entirely mechanical. No electrical components of any kind may be used, no remote controlled devices of any kind, and no chemical or nuclear reactions.
  5. Other that starting the machine the entrants may not impart momentum or energy to the machine.
  6. No rat or large animal traps may be used. Mousetraps may be used.
  7. Springs, elastic, stretched or bent material may not contain so much energy that they pose safety concerns. It must be clear to the judge(s) that the machine does not pose a safety threat to the entrants, judge(s) or spectators.
  8. During registration, the team must present to the judge(s) a picture of their apparatus taken from within their classroom/lab to document their design. No major design changes will be permitted once the photos are submitted.

 

 

COMPETITION AND SCORING:

  1. An energy change event is defined as a change from one type of mechanical energy into another type, i.e., potential to kinetic.
  2. Energy changes for objects that do not remain within the specified dimensions will not be used towards the score.
  3. During an energy change event, multiple changes of the same type will only be counted as a single event unless there is a zero energy change position before swaying into the next energy change: a ball rolling down an incline counts as one energy change, (potential energy into kinetic energy), unless the ball moves across a flat section before continuing to descend down the incline.
  4. Any repetitive change or redundant change counts as one energy change (i.e. a ball oscillating in a bowl back and forth counts as one conversion, 1000 BBs dropped at the same time and location counts as one conversion.
  5. If the machine malfunctions in the first 5 seconds of operation, the team will have 15 seconds to adjust the machine and will then be given a second chance to run the machine.
  6. If machines have identical scores the following procedures will be used as tiebreakers:
  7. Machines without a malfunction will trump those that malfunction.
  8. For those machines that operate without malfunctioning, the time it takes for the machine to complete all of its energy changes will be recorded and used, if necessary, as a tiebreaker. Longest time wins

 

 

 

SCORE =    Greatest number of energy changes        X 100

                   Number of energy changes of your team

 

2015 NJAAPT Physics Olypmics – Marble Roller Coaster

EVENT 2: MARBLE ROLLER COASTER

(As of 9/30/14)

OBJECTIVE:  To design and build a marble roller coaster of vertical loops and jumps from paper towel tubes.

 

 

RULES:

  1. The coaster track must be designed and constructed entirely by the entrants from only cardboard paper towel tubes, cardboard boxes, cardboard poster tubes and/o cardboard gift-wrapping tubes and any width masking tape.
  2. The tape must be used solely for attachment: It must be clear to the judge(s) that the tape is not a major structural component of the coaster.
  3. For sanitary reasons, no toilet tissue rolls.
  4. The cardboard tubes and cardboard may be cut.
  5. Other than being cut, bent, sanded and attached to the frame, the cardboard tubes and/or cardboard may not be altered in any way.
  6. The energy to run the coaster must come from gravitational potential energy only. No other form of energy may be used to increase, decrease, or maintain the speed of the marble.
  7. The frame must be designed and constructed entirely by the entrants from household materials or materials available from hardware stores or from art/hobby supply stores. The coaster may only be attached to the frame using Scott’s 600-brand tape as described above or similar brand plastic tape
  8. The maximum dimensions for the coaster with frame are 1.00×1.00×0.85 meters.
  9. The coaster, including the frame, is to be brought to the completion assembled.
  10. The marble (a ball bearing may also be used) is to have a radius of between 0.50 centimeter and

1.00 centimeter

  1. Other that releasing the marble, the entrants may not impart momentum or energy to the marble, the coaster or the frame.
  2. During registration, the team must present to the judge(s) a picture of their apparatus taken from within their classroom/lab to document their design. No major design changes will be permitted once the photos are submitted.
  3. The coaster may be brought to the competition partially assembled but must be fully assembled at the time of the event. The roller coaster may not be built on site.

 

COMPETITION AND SCORING:

  1. The teams will receive two points for each second it takes the marble to complete the course. Score will be rounded to the nearest second.
  2. An additional two points will be earned for each time the marble completes a vertical loop.
  3. A vertical loop is a loop that extends upwards at 90 degrees to the ground and returns to its original position.
  4. An additional point will be award for each centimeter jump in the track, beyond 1.5 centimeters, the marble completes as it travels the course.
  5. A jump is defined as a gap in the track where the landing and launching points are the same height from the base of the structure.
  6. For points to be earned, the marble must complete the course and may not stop or roll backwards.
  7. If the marble falls off the track, the team will have 15 seconds to adjust the coaster. The team will then be given a second chance to run the coaster. Five (5) Penalty points will subtracted from the team’s score.
  8. If the marble falls a second time, the team’s score will be based upon loops and jumps that were       accomplished prior to the marble falling. Penalty points will apply.
  9. No score less than zero will be given
  10. The team with the greatest number of points will win the event.

 

 

 

SCORE =           Overall score of your team              X 100

Overall score of highest scoring team

 

2015 NJAAPT Physics Olympics – Fermi Questions

 

EVENT 1: FERMI QUESTIONS

(As of 9/30/14)

 

 

 

OBJECTIVE: To estimate the order of magnitude of a quantity that is difficult or impossible to measure.

 

 

RULES:

 

  1. Each team will be provided with a list of ten Fermi Questions.
  2. Each team will have 30 minutes in which to answer the questions.
  3. Each team will submit a single set of answers.
  4. All answers must be recorded in order of magnitude format

(i.e., 104 not 3 x 104, 106 not 7 x 105).

  1. No devices (cell phones, ipods/ipads, calculators, netbooks, computers, etc.) or preprinted references material shall be permitted to be used during the event.

 

COMPETITION AND SCORING:

 

Ten points will be awarded for each correct answer (correct order of magnitude). There will be 1 point off for each order of magnitude difference from the accepted order of magnitude. No answer will score less than zero.

 

 

Sample Fermi Questions:

 

How much land area (in square meters) is found on earth?

(Answers1014)

 

How many revolutions will a 14-inch tire have to make during a crossing

of the continental United State?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        (Answer is106)

 

How many liters of air does an adult inhale in a 24-hour day?

(Answer is 104)

 

How many square meters of turf (real or artificial) are there in

a National Football League Stadium?                                                                                                                                                          (Answer is 104)

 

An automobile travels 100,000 km before the tire tread wears out.

What thickness of rubber wears off a tire each revolution of a wheel?

Please express your answer in centimeters.           

                                                                                                                            (Answer is 10-8)

 

Updates to the rules and frequently asked questions with answer will be available by e-mailing the event organizers at jvalente@ctemc.org. It is the team’s responsibility to periodically inquire about changes and clarifications to the rules

2015 NJAAT Physics Olympics – Part 1

 

2015 NJAAPT PHYSICS OLYMPICS

 

 

Events, Rules, and Scoring

 

Saturday, January 17th, 2015

8:00am – 2:30pm

 

Monmouth Regional

High School

Tinton Falls, New Jersey

 

Awards

 

A maximum of 100 points will be given for each of the six events; therefore, the maximum number of total points is 600 points. The team with the highest number of total points will be the winner, followed by a second place team, and a third place team. The NJ Physics Olympics Silver Serial Bowl will be awarded for one year of custody to the overall first team. The top three teams will be awarded trophies as well as the winning team in each event.

 

General Rules

 

  • A team shall consist of not more than six members. Each team member must be from the high school of the team. No substitutions may be made for any member of a team during the course of the day’s events (i.e., only the original team members and no others are eligible to compete in any of the events). Not all team members must participate in each event. A team may not use another team’s entries for their own, even if they are from the same school.

 

  • For events that require the construction of an apparatus, the following guidelines will be followed:
  1. During registration, the team must present to the judge(s) picture(s) of their apparatus taken from within their classroom/lab to document their design. No major design changes will be permitted once the photos are submitted.
  2. The apparatus may be brought to the competition partially assembled but must be fully assembled at the time of the event. The apparatus may not be built on site.

 

  • For each event a judge, prior to the competition for that event, will inspect all devices. It must be clear to the judge that no part of a device is unsafe. For example, no rat or larger animal traps may be used as these traps may sever fingers (mouse traps may be used), no elastic material wound so tightly that injury could result if it should snap free, no large fast spinning gyroscopes that could spin out of control, no large compressed gas cylinders or dangerous chemical reactions. If an entry is disqualified, the team will be given 20 minutes to modify their apparatus.

 

  • All teams are encouraged to use creativity while keeping in the spirit of the competition.

 

  • The judges’ decision(s) is /are final in all aspects of the event.

 

  • It is the team’s responsibility to dispose of their discarded projects, building materials and trash items and to leave their assigned area clean. Teams may be asked to dispose of large bulk items at their school.

 

  • Updates to the rules and frequently asked questions with answer will be available by e-mailing the event organizers at jvalente@ctemc.org. It is the team’s responsibility to periodically inquire about changes and clarifications to the rules.

 

Joint NY, NE, & NJ Regional Meeting

Interesting Physics – Good Physics Teaching

FALL 2014 MEETING New York, New England and New Jersey Sections AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF PHYSICS TEACHERS

OCTOBER 10 AND 11, 2014 Siena College

515 Loudon Road

Loudonville NY 12211 (Albany NY AREA)

Registration is open. Registration form at www.nyss-aapt.org.

Registrants will receive an email confirmation and a printed receipt will be included in their registration packet.

Registration for the free tour of the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering and the Friday dinner at Siena are requested by September 26, 2014. Space at those events can not be guaranteed after that date.

Student Poster Session Announced: In an effort to attract undergraduate students we will have a Student Poster Session, with categories for Physics and Physics Education Research. Prizes for posters in both categories will be awarded.

Its not too late, we still have a little room in our schedule for additional submitted presentations or short workshops; please contact meeting organizers at executive_board@nyss-aapt.org. Inquiries by email to Robert Stewart, NYSS-AAPT Secretary/Treasurer at rstewart1@hvc.rr.com.

Program Outline Friday, October 10, 2014

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Guided tour of the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering Please reserve your place on the tour by Friday, Sept. 26.

6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Evening Dinner Meeting and Get Together: Cocktail hour (cash bar), dinner, and entertainment (physics-themed quiz game). All to be held at the Norm in Serra Dining Hall. Cost is $35 per person. Please make reservations by Friday, September 26.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

8:30 am – 9:00 am Registration, coffee, and pastries outside of Key Auditorium, Roger Bacon Hall, Siena College campus

9:00 am – 4:00 pm with Lunch at Noon  – A full day of physics-education-themed presentations in the Key Auditorium and classrooms in Roger Bacon Hall.

A partial list: • PTRA Workshop – TIPERS (Tasks Inspired by Physics Education Research) • The New AP Physics 1&2: The Reasoning and the Resources for the Program • Teaching Particle Physics to High School Students: Methods, Resources, Demonstrations and Activities • Plotly: On-line Graphing Tool for Teaching Physics • Wrapping Our Minds around Physics: Student Performance, Tools for the Common Core, and the NYS View of NGSS • Activity Based Physics e-edition • Johnston’s Physics Emporium – A 40 Year Apparatus/Demo Collection • Jepperdee for the Physics Classroom

4:30 – 6:30 pm: Anyone be interested in a group dinner (dutchtreat) AFTER the presentations Saturday check the bulletin board at the registration table. Restaurant directions will be provided.

Area Accommodations: Hotel Indigo, 254 Old Wolf Road, Latham, NY 12110, 518-869-9100, which is holding rooms (each with one king-size bed) for attendees of “Physics Conference-Siena ” at the special conference rate of $112 + 14% tax ($127.68 total) for 1 night, 10/10/14 if a room is reserved by Sept. 19, 2014 (later, if available),

La Quinta, 833 Old Loudon Road, Latham, NY 12110. Call Group Reservations Department at 1-866-527-1498. Rooms are being held until Sept. 19, 2014, for members of the “American Association of Physics Teachers” (reservation block confirmation number 0781875) at the special conference rate of $132 + 14% tax ($150.48 total) for 1 night, 10/10/14.

Hampton Inn, Ulenski Drive 10(near I-87 exit 4), Albany, NY 12205; 3 miles from Siena. Call 1-800-HAMPTON and reference the “American Association of Physics Teachers.” Rooms are being held at the rate of $109 + 14% tax (total: $124.26) for 1 night, 10/10/14 if reserved by Sept. 19.

Quality Inn and Suites, 611 Troy Schenectady Road (near I-87 exit 6), Latham, NY 12110; 3 miles from Siena ; call 785-5891and reference the physics teachers conference at Siena. Rooms are being held at the rate of $89.99 + 14% tax (total: $102.59) for 1 night, 10/10/14 if claimed by Sept. 26. If you will share a room, you may want to ask for a suite at the same price.

Cocca’s, 706 New Loudon Road, Latham, NY 12110; 1.5 mi. from Siena; if available, rooms will be given at a one-night rate $74.05 + tax (discounted from 79.75 + tax) for anyone who mentions “Siena Physics” while checking in for 10/10/14. Tel.: 785-0776. [The real cost, including tax, is $84.42.]

Feel free to try these (all 2 – 4 mi. from Siena): Homewood Suites by Hilton, 216 Wolf Road, Albany 12205; 438-4300 Hampton Inn, 981 New Loudon Road, Latham 12110; 785-0555 Holiday Inn Express, 946 New Loudon Road, Latham 12110; 783-6162 Super 8 Motel, 681 Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham 12110; 783-8808 Days Inn, 2 Wolf Road, Albany 12205; 459-3600 Red Roof Inns, 188 Wolf Road, Albany 12205; 459-1971

President’s Message – July 2014

President’s Message

July 2014

 

Summer is speeding by and another year is in the books for the NJAAPT. Our section has had its share of success this past academic year and we are looking forward to an even more exciting 2014-15.

As is very evident over the past couple of years, communications technology has made a significant change in our organization. Our newsletters have become less frequent, but the communication of information has been enhanced. With the introduction of the listserve, there is an immediate means of passing new and important announcements to our members. This is a positive approach to being time relevant and makes it unnecessary to wait for a month or so to tell our membership of some important event or educational asset. The listserve has also provided the members with a forum to exchange ideas and to discuss topics that is of an interest to many.

The NJAAPT has been able to continue its basic function – to improve the state of physics education in New Jersey. Although we were unable to conduct the very popular Holiday Treats program due to a scheduling conflict that did not deter other event from being offered. The fall and spring workshops and the Physics Olympics, and the Spring Sectional Meeting, and our presence at the NJSC and NJEA Convention were resounding successes. The Physics Olympics had a record number of teams competing due to the hard work of John Valence and Jessie Blair. Both John and Jessie came back for another workshop and Daniel Kaplan offered his Exploratorium workshop last fall to rave reviews.

Our Spring Section Meeting at Princeton University in March was very well attended. The Friday night session with a great dinner and talk set the stage for the Saturday session. What a pleasant surprise it was to have so many of our members attend the Saturday meeting and participate in discussions of the NGSS and the revision of the AP – B course. The format changed and it heightened the awareness of the changes in the standards and curriculum in the near future.

We are already beginning the activities for the 2014-15 year with the workshop at Drew University hosted by Daniel Kaplan in conjunction with the Governor’s School. This will hopefully be the first of many activities we will sponsor in the new school year.

What’s in store for next year? We will be conducting workshops, making our appearance at the NJSC, hopefully bringing back Holiday Treats, sponsoring the Physics Olympics, the meeting at Bergen Community College, and any other events that may be brought to the attention of the executive board to serve the membership. Looking a bit further into the future, the fall of 2015 will see the NJAAPT hosting the Northeast Sectional Meeting at Bergen Community College. The meeting will bring together the NJ, NT, and New England Sections for a Friday and Saturday meeting.

If you need clarification of your membership status, please contact our treasurer to determine the year your membership expires. The dues collected represent the only real source of income for the NJAAPT. If your membership has expired, please send in your dues for one or three years. If you know any other physics teachers who are not members of our section, please try to get them to join us. The larger our membership become, the greater is our ability to provide events in various parts of the state. If you have any suggestions that you wish the executive board to consider as workshops or as topics for the Spring meeting, please contact me at r7429@optonline.net.

Have a great rest of the summer in preparation for the upcoming school year.

 

Ray Polomski

President