AAPT WM18 San Diego

PTRAs were deeply involved in the AAPT WM18 in San Diego, January 6-9, 2018.  PTRAs led multiple sessions and workshops in addition to their service on committees.  Thank you to all the PTRAs who came and made the AAPT meeting successful for members of the K-12 community!

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Professional Development

PTRAs are experienced master teachers and provide content, curriculum, and pedagogical support for K-16 teachers, coordinators, and professors.   If you would like more information on services we provide please contact us karen@aaptptra.com

Baltimore Bootcamp

From Seed to Tree, How Can That Be? John Hopkins University hosted a bootcamp for teachers and leaders of Baltimore ISD June 19-23 to learn about STEM, best practices, inquiry, and techniques to be successful in working with adults. https://aaptptra.com/maryland-2017/

Texas AAPT

PTRAs Kenric Davies, Janie Head, Trina Cannon, Bill Franklin, and Karen Jo Matsler provided 5 one hour workshops for members of the TS AAPT at the spring 2017 meeting in San Antonio.  The workshops were well attended and some equipment was distributed to participants courtesy of the AAPT Bauder Fund.

Central PA

pa-5Pat Callahan and Dave McCachren held a workshop on 12.2.16 at Penn State University – Schuylkill Campus, the topic for the workshop was Engineering Design


CAST 2016

PTRAs led multiple workshops for approximately 1000 teachers at the Texas state science conference (CAST) in November.  For more information go to the Texas Section AAPT website http://www.texasaapt.com/cast-2016/


AAPT meeting and Texas Instruments

The AAPT summer meeting officially began on Sunday (7.14.13) and the PTRAs were there in full force to participate in the sessions, workshops, and committee meetings.  Sometimes we even had time to eat the great food Portland has to offer.  On Tuesday, Kelli Key from Texas Instruments shared some of the new and exciting things TI has to offer for teaching physics….including the TINspire.  A very cool calculator (actually it is more like a computer).


Physics apps and STEM for the classroom, 7/13/13

Using the APS app to determine which gas tube was being used

Using the APS app to determine which gas tube was being used

There are lots of apps, but determining which ones can be most productive in the classroom can be a daunting task.  Michael Strange helped participants focus on apps for physics and general classroom management and then we began the task of “re-engineering” activities to be aligned with NGSS with a focus on the elementary STEM classroom.  Cathy Barthelemy and Katya Denisova helped participants see physics through the eyes of elementary students and participants engaged in a  learning cycle on friction for “Fred on a Sled”.  Our partners from the Perimeter Institute wrapped up the day with challenges of teaching wave particle duality!

Next Generation Science Standards, Engineering, PASCO 7/12/13

Friday began with working on the NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) with Dr. Carey Sneider, Dr. Ramon Lopez, and Katya Denisova.  The afternoon was focused on PASCO engineering structures and building paper rocket lauchers.  After dinner the participants did an elementary learning cycle on harnessing the wind and made wind turbines that were engineered to pump water. Physics IS PHUN

iOS Devices, Vernier Video Analysis, DCUs, Egg Engineering 7/11/13

The first day of the summer leadership institute was held onsite at Vernier Software and Technology.  The focus was on the use of iOS devices, Video Physics, use of digital control units (DCUs) in the classroom, and egg engineering.  Lots of learning challenges and fun. Below are photos of the event and videos of the egg engineering “task”

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