2020 Virtual WAPT Meeting

The Wisconsin Association of Physics Teachers (WAPT) and the Society of Physics Students (SPS) will be hosting a joint virtual meeting on Saturday November 7, 2020. Join in on Zoom – FREE!

Saturday November 7, 2020
Tentative Schedule:
10:00 am Welcome to UWRF
10:01 am Plenary Speaker Laura Lusardi
10:30 am Presentations – split into two parallel sessions if necessary
Noon – lunch break and socialize virtually via Gather Town
1:00 pm Presentations resume if there enough talks
2:30 pm Parallel sessions for Business Meetings of WAPT and SPS Zone 9.
3:00 pm Adjourn – this could be earlier depending on the number of accepted presentations.

Plenary Talk FIRE UP for STEP UP!

STEP UP is a national movement to provide high school teachers with resources to inspire their students to study physics, to reduce barriers to studying physics and to actively inspire young women to go on to major in physics. The program provides detailed, well-tested curricular materials to showcase the wide variety of careers open to physics majors, and it provides the training and materials to have open and productive conversations about equity in science.  The materials have even been adapted for virtual instruction! https://engage.aps.org/stepup/home

Laura Lusardi is trained as a STEM UP Ambassador, to assist other teachers in learning how to utilize the STEP UP resources. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls (UWRF) with a Physics major and a Spanish minor, planning on pursuing a career in astrophysics. But then she took a summer job teaching astronomy in a summer camp and fell in love with teaching! She completed the STEMteach graduate certification program at UWRF and is now teaching physics at Fridley High School in Fridley Minnesota.

WAPT is a section of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT). The goal of the WAPT is to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics, especially as it pertains to the teaching of physics.

We welcome to the WAPT anyone interested in physics and related disciplines, whether or not they teach courses in these disciplines.

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