Friday, November 13 (6:30 – 8:00)

Location: Redlight Redlight (map) on Corrine Dr. in the Audubon Park neighborhood of Orlando.

6:30 — Meet at Redlight Redlight
Redlight Redlight is a beer and wine bar that encourages you to bring in outside food. There are several great restaurants on that block for delivery or take-out. If you prefer your meal quieter or earlier, have a sit-down dinner then walk over to join us. (Conference registration fee does not include food). Nearby restaurants, each with sit-down, take out, and delivery:

7:00 — TeachMeet
Eat, listen, and discuss at TeachMeet, 3-7 minute presentations on classroom activities, tools, and techniques.

  • Go paperless with student lab websites and video feedback w/Adam LaMee, UCF.
  • TBA w/Jacob Breman, Community Christian School.
  • Measuring the Earth’s orbit w/Ana Brandt, Osceola HS.

Saturday, November 14 (9:00 – 4:00)

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Location: UCF Physical Sciences building (PSB) Here’s a map.

Parking is free on Saturdays. Use any student, faculty, or staff lot. Some convenient lots are lot C3 (map) in front of PSB and the larger lot C1 (map) nearby.

9:00 — Registration; beverages and light snacks.

9:30 — Welcome and overview of PhysTEC at UCF w/Talat Rahman and Adam LaMee, UCF.

9:50 – 11:30 — Workshops and short talks.

Room 445 – Workshops

  • (9:50 – 10:35) Workshop: Video Analysis of Circular Motion w/Jane Nelson, Santa Fe College ***bring your laptop. Video Analysis of a mass on a turntable in which students can take data, use logger pro to analyze it using Logger Pro or Excel, and create the centripetal force equation themselves.
  • (10:45 – 11:30) Workshop: Embedding Engineering Design into K12 Classrooms to support Science Standards w/Nancy Ruzycki, UF. This workshop explores how to bring in an engineering design project or activity to support and provide relevance to students in a science classrooms. Teachers will learn how to embed an authentic engineering activity into a lesson as a “problem or project” base for science application. Teacher will receive a “frame” to use to help design engineering design projects, and will learn how the engineering design process aligns with science and Common Core Standards (as well as Florida Standards).

Room 160 – Short talks

  • (9:50) K-12 and undergradaute STEM programming and opportunities at UCF w/Melissa Dagley, UCF COMPASS
  • (10:10) Putting Slinkies to work in Labs w/Taha Mzoughi, Kennesaw State University. Slinkies are often used to demonstrate wave phenomena. However, they are rarely used in labs. In this presentation, I will demonstrate how standard toy store slinkies, can be used to collect and analyze data focusing on wave properties.
  • (10:30) Phet Simulations w/Joan McGhee, Tuskawilla MS. Students use online simulations to investigate gravity, energy, and forces and motion.
  • (10:50 – 11:30) Round Table Discussion: Teacher prep at your institution. Moderator: Logan Chalfant, FSU-Teach.

11:30 – 1:00 — Lunch break

  • Lunch: bring your own or take a short walk to the Student Union food court (see restaurants and menus here).
  • FL-AAPT business meeting – meet in atrium.

1:00 – 4:00 — Workshops, short talks, and tours.

1st-floor atrium – Tour

  • (1:00 & 1:45) Micro-spectroscopy lab tour w/Alfons Schulte, UCF. Meet in the 1st-floor atrium. *max. 10 people per tour.

Room 445 – Short talks and Workshop

  • (1:00) The Roberval Balance – Fooling Physicists since 1669 w/Paul Fratiello, Eckerd College. Demonstrate the Roberval balance and how it compares to a simple balance and a triple beam balance.
  • (1:20) Managing Large Conceptual Inventory and Attitudinal Survey Datasets w/Jarrad Pond, UCF. I will briefly outline a manner in which to use the Python programming language to manage a large database of conceptual inventory and attitudinal survey results from eight semesters of introductory physics courses at a large research university. I will address some concerns and issues researchers may have with dealing with such large sets of data and provide examples of useful packages and functions in Python that make analyzing these data more efficient and manageable.
  • (1:40 – 3:10) Teaching 1st-Year Physics w/Adam LaMee and Yuehai Yang, UCF. Learn some practical techniques (argumentation and inquiry, whiteboarding, and course planning with learning goals) for planning and teaching a first-year Physics course in high school or higher ed.

Room 160 – Short talks

  • (1:00) UCF’s new B.A. program in Physics w/Elena Flitsiyan, UCF. This new degree program allows students to augment their undergraduate work with an additional focus in another field, such as nanoscience or teaching.
  • (1:20) Using Augmented Reality to Supplement Physics Instruction w/Shawn Weatherford, St. Leo. This presentation will showcase the free application Aurasma, available on iOS or Android devices which allows instructors to tag objects with content accessible via the web. The software uses the portable device’s camera to search the environment for a match of a predefined image located in the instructor’s library. When found, the application directs the user to the location of a virtual asset associated with that image. Think QRcode, but instead the code can be anything captured by a camera. This presentation will show how I use this app in supplemental instruction and discuss other ways in which this app can steer your students to content you deem as beneficial for their learning.
  • (1:40) 3D Printing Physics Apparatus w/Paul Fratiello, Eckerd College. Eckerd College recently purchased a 3D printer and we have been using it to build Physics apparatus. Many Physics teachers have access to a 3D printer at their school, but no expertise in creating solid models to print. I have created a website ( where I have placed free downloadable files for printing my designs.
  • (2:00) Nanoscience Service-Learning to attract K-12 students to STEM fields w/Enrique del Barco, UCF. An ongoing initiative at UCF designed with the idea to increase enrollment into STEM fields. It consists on offering the three core courses of a new UCF Minor in Nanoscale Science and Technology as Service-Learning, where UCF students collaborate with participating middle schools in the Orlando metropolitan area to disseminate the wonders of nanoscience to the future generations of scientists and engineers.
  • (2:20) Using a SEEK Thermal Camera to Teach Thermal Concepts w/Sherry L Savrda, Seminole State College. The SEEK thermal camera and associated app can be used in high-engagement activities to teach thermal concepts. This talk will describe one activity used to support the teaching of thermal conductivity.
  • (2:40) Impact of Web-Based Materials on Student and Instructor Performance w/Alvar Rodriguez, UCF. At UCF in Summer 2011 the undergraduate Physics laboratory assignments were transitioned from an analog (paper based and hand graded) to a digital platform, enabling the introduction of problem-solving strategies matching experiments performed in the laboratory. I will explain the advantages of this new method as well as the impact of it on both student and instructor.
  • (3:00) Hands-On Testing w/Anne Cox, Eckerd. Changing to a studio/workshop format has made me also change my tests. I’ll give an example of some of my hands-on test items.
  • (3:20) Round Table Discussion: Teaching reforms at your institution. Moderator: Jackie Chini, UCF.

4:00 — Adjourn. Safe travels!

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