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The next DMAPT meeting and the new BLOG

posted Dec 5, 2012, 8:34 PM by Scott Brunner

We just had a great meeting in my classroom last night. We need to schedule the next one for January. If you live in the Southern Oakland County area and you are interested in hosting let me know ASAP. Jeff is working on getting us back into the center formerly known us as the New Detroit Science Center, now re-opened under the name Michigan Science Center, for the DMAPT meeting in March. Also, check out the new DMAPT blog at http://dmapt.blogspot.com

First Meeting of 2012-2013 School Year

posted Sep 8, 2012, 6:25 AM by Steve Dickie

Our first meeting of the year will be on September 12th at the University of Michigan, Dearborn. It is going to be one not to miss. We will have a special guest speaker, Fred Goldberg. This really is a great opportunity for us Dr. Goldberg has been a leader in physics education research for the last 20 years. In 2003 he was awarded the Robert A. Millikan Award from the American Association of Physics Teachers. This award is given to a teacher who has made notable and creative contributions to the teaching of physics. Dr. Goldberg has been the Project Director for, among others, Constructing Physics Understanding in a Computer-Supported Learning Environment (CPU Project).



We will also have some time to discuss current physics education research and share first semester demos and labs. As usual, if you have anything cool you want to share on any physics subject you should feel free to bring it along.

The location/meeting room has been changed to accomodate more people.

We will meet in Rm 119 at the Environmental Interpretive Center (EIC on the UMich campus map, http://www.umd.umich.edu/maps_directions ).  Public parking is available in the parking structure adjacent to the EIC.

We will have dinner starting at 6:00, with them meeting starting at 7:00. Please rsvp to rsvp@dmapt.org so we can get an idea about how much food to get.

Let's add to the Cool Physics Resources list

posted Nov 10, 2011, 7:19 PM by Scott Brunner   [ updated Nov 15, 2011, 6:01 PM ]

It would be great to add more to the Cool Physics Resources page. I added a handful on links recently. Email me with your ideas and links. scott.brunner@gmail.com

Next meeting: December 6, 2011 at Macomb ISD

posted Nov 3, 2011, 8:33 AM by Scott Brunner   [ updated Nov 4, 2011, 9:11 AM ]

Details coming via email . . .

MIAAPT Summer Newsletter

posted May 18, 2011, 1:59 AM by Steve Dickie

The MIAAPT Summer Newsletter is ready for download! Get it today to hear about two exciting physics workshops for the summer. The deadlines for application is this week (May 19th and May 20th)!

In addition to the workshops you can get a preview of the national sumer meeting where Drew Isola will be honored for his service to physics education.

Science Jobs in SE Michigan

posted May 18, 2011, 1:58 AM by Steve Dickie   [ updated May 18, 2011, 1:58 AM ]

Pontiac, MI - Physics

I will be retiring in June from Notre Dame Prep,1300 Giddings Rd.,Pontiac, MI 48340. Notre Dame Prep is a Catholic, college prep, co-ed, IB school and is now looking for a certified Physics teacher to replace me. The high school has an enrollment of 670 students. A letter of interest and resume can be sent to the principal:

Fr. Joseph Hindelang

His e-mail is jhindelang@ndpma.org

Mary Northerner




Dearborn, MI - Chemistry

One of our teachers is retiring this year from Divine Child High School, Dearborn, MI  48128. Divine Child High School is a Catholic high school centered in Gospel values and Christian tradition. The school is rooted in a long-standing tradition of excellence and in an educational partnership with students, parents and the community. We have 6.5 science teachers and typically have between 860 and 900 students. We're mainly looking for someone who is Chem/Bio certified who could transition into teaching AP Chemistry. I've convinced our department chair that we should also look at people who are certified for Chemistry and Physics. It would be nice to have someone who could pick up a section or two of Physics.

For more information you can contact me (Steve Dickie, falconphysics@gmail.com) or Mrs. Jude Ripley (ripley@divinechildhighschool.org) in our school office.

Physics Tutor Needed in Port Huron Area

posted Oct 30, 2010, 5:49 AM by Steve Dickie

If you know of anyone who would like to work as a tutor for a high school student who presently enrolled in advanced placement physics in the Port Huron area please have them contact :

Thank you,

Robert Donelson, Physics instructor, OCC and Baker College of Auburn Hills

National Science Curriculum Framework Draft

posted Jul 15, 2010, 3:21 AM by Steve Dickie

Today (July 12 2010)  the National Research Council (NRC) Board on Science Education released a draft conceptual framework for new science education standards http://www7.nationalacademies.org/bose/Standards_Framework_Homepage.html. The framework lays the foundation for what core science ideas, cross-cutting concepts, and scientific practices all students need to succeed in science, and is the first major step in the development of the next generation of science standards.
Teachers and all stakeholders have until August 2 to review and comment on the framework.
All  (teachers  and stakeholders)  can have input on this draft framework.  Please take a moment NOW to review the draft framework document and answer the online questionnaire.
·        Review and Comment on the Draft Framework <http://www7.nationalacademies.org/bose/Standards_Framework_Homepage.html.  >
                    Open for Public Comments Until August 2!
·        Read background information and an FAQ from the NRC <http://www7.nationalacademies.org/bose/Standards_Framework_FAQs.html >

Physics of Cell Phones 2010

posted Apr 21, 2010, 2:29 AM by Steve Dickie

Please see the attached (find on link below) information about the 2-day physics of cell phones workshop held this June.  This is an excellent workshop centered on the curriculum developed by our own DMAPT members: Mark Davids, Don Pata and Rick Forrest.  Their article that was published in the Physics Teacher this month is attached.

I participated in their workshop in 2005 with some of my colleagues from Troy.  Some of my other Troy colleagues particpated last summer, we all agree that it is definitely worth attending!   All workshop participants will receive $1800.00 worth of materials!  See the attachment for more information and the contact information.

Laura Ritter

Video Analysis Workshop - May 1st, 2010

posted Apr 21, 2010, 2:23 AM by Steve Dickie


Steve Dickie of Divine Child HS and myself are offering a 6-hour workshop on Video Analysis, designed for Physics and Physical Science teachers, held on May 1st at Royal Oak High School.  Steve and I are both Physics Teaching Resource Agents for the American Association of Physics Teachers.  

It is also worth noting that a teacher who does not receive financial support from their district, but will be paying with their own funds, can attend for only $30 (thanks to AAPT).  

I am attaching two fliers related to the workshop; the details and a registration form.

I would appreciate if you would help to spread the word to science teachers in your counties - as we're hoping to get at least 20 teachers for our workshop.

Thanks so much,

Nicole Y. Murawski
Physics and Earth Science Instructor
Science Department Chair
Royal Oak High School
1500 Lexington Blvd.
Royal Oak, MI 48073
248/435-8500, ext. 1074

Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.  -Albert Einstein

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