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First Meeting - Oakland University 29 September

posted Oct 3, 2009, 8:35 AM by Steve Dickie   [ updated Oct 4, 2009, 6:52 PM ]
Roxanne Crabill is short of text books. If you have any examination copies of 2009 Holt Physics you're not using her students would thank you.

Laura Ritter, our president, opened with introductions and and a discussion of the summer AAPT meeting and then talked about Mark and Don's thoughts on starting a monthly meeting with newer physics teachers to help support them. When there's more information is available I'll pass it on.

Greg Scheffler was elected as our New VP. Thanks Greg for volunteering!

Dave Cinabro - Wayne State talked about the High School Super Nova Search. He introduced this project at a meeting last year. Right now he's been working to get an NSF grant to fund the project. Dave will send me more information for the web site. If you would like to be considered as a Super Nova search site please email Dave. About half of the super novas discovered are discovered by amateurs.

Our November meeting is currently planned to be held at De La Salle. There was a discussion of doing an optics theme with a telescope make and take. We'd probably get the Galilescope, a very high quality scope for only $20!

Chris Deyo headed up a curriculum writing workshop for physics, undertaken in Oakland Schools, based on the new Michigan standards. They produced a comprehensive 14 unit document. Each unit has at least six activities that can be done with students and everything is already aligned with the standards! You can find the document on the Oakland Schools Science Resource site (scroll down). Or here's the direct link to the pdf.

Brad Roth - Spoke about programs at Oakland University. The have a new program in medical physics that you might want to tell your students about. Lots of research happens at Oakland and undergrad students often get a chance to help out.

George Martins, from Oakland University, has a group of students who can present at high schools, complete with Nikola Tesla! They gave a fun presentation and demos they themselves came up with and put together. You should feel free to contact George if you're interested in learning what he and his students can do for your students.