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College of the Sciences

AAPT-WA 2017

The 2017 Annual Meeting of the Washington chapter of the American Association for Physics Teachers (AAPT) will be held October 6-7 in the brand new Science building on the campus of Central Washington University, located in beautiful Ellensburg, WA. The theme of this meeting is Project-Based Learning: Lecture Less, Teach More. We will have a workshop on Friday evening that incorporates our new 80-seat planetarium and rooftop telescope plaza, so it is not to be missed!

Regardless of what venue of physics you teach, there will be something for everyone at this informative, innovative, and fun meeting. We will have a student poster session on Saturday, so be sure to bring your students as well to show off their great work. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Schedule of Activities

Registration and abstract submission can be found at the WA-AAPT homepage. Deadline for abstract submission is September 29th.



Visitor Information

All events will take place in Science II. Parking on campus is free after 4:30 pm weekdays and all-day weekends. Due to construction, we suggest parking in lots H-6, 0-5, or P-8. ADA parking is available on the northwest corner of Science II. Campus and parking maps can be found here.

Because the meeting coincides with CWU Homecoming, a block of hotel rooms have been reserved at the Hampton Inn Ellensburg under the name "Physics Department Central Washington University." Reservations must be made by September 25th.




Friday Oct 6th:

5:30-6:30 pm: Registration and check-in, Plantetarium lobby (Room 101)

Dinner will not be provided. Food options on campus are limited. Please plan accordingly.

5:30-6:15 pm: Student-led tours of classrooms and research labs in Science II

6:30-7:20 pm: Workshop Session I: Using WorldWide Telescope to tour the universe in your classroom (Room 302)

7:30-8:20 pm: Workshop Session II: How to incorporate inexpensive telescopes into your curriculum (Room 302)

8:30-10:00 pm: Rooftop observing (weather permitting)


Saturday Oct 7th:

8:00-8:30 am: Registration and check-in, Breakfast (provided)

8:30-10:00 am: Plenary Session I (Room 103)

8:30 - Tony Smith, Central Washington University, “The Impact of High-Context Activities on an Online Physics Class”
8:50 - Andrew Boudreaux, Western Washington University, “Measuring far transfer: Investigating student attempts to apply energy concepts across contexts”
9:10 - Keith Clay, Green River Community College, “Data collection and analysis with Mathematica and Vernier”
9:30 - Richard Stevens, Whitworth University, “Robotics Projects in a Junior-level analog circuits course”

10:10-11:30 am: Plenary Session II (Room 103)

​10:10 - Robert Ruotsalainen, Eastern Washington University, “Photometric distances and ages of open star clusters”
10:30 - Andy Piacsek, Central Washington University, “A high school course on musical acoustics: If I build it, will they come?”
10:50 - Thomas Haff, Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, “Taking a set using a ticket tape timer”
11:10 - Hillary Stephens, Pierce College, “Flipping Physics using EdPuzzle”​

11:45-12:45 pm: Lunch (provided) and Student Poster Session (Room 301)

1:00-2:00 pm: WA-AAPT section business meeting (Room 302)

2:15-2:45 pm: Planetarium show (Room 101)

3:00-4:00 pm: Show and Tell: bring your favorite demos! ​




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