Spring 2021 Meeting of the Illinois and Indiana Sections of the AAPT

"Online meeting of Illinois and Indiana Sections of AAPT"

April 23-24, 2021


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Online resources courtesy of Department of Physics, University of Illinois

We are pleased to invite you to attend the Spring 2021 meeting of the Illinois and Indiana sections of the AAPT. Join us by Zoom to learn more about physics, discover new tools and techniques for teaching physics, and share your experiences via contributed presentations and Take Fives.

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Contributed Presentations

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Invited Speakers

5:15 pm(CT) / 6:15 pm(ET)

Reviving Creativity in Our Introductory Physics Labs

Dr. Katie Ansell and Dr. Mats Selen - University of Illinois

Approaching a question without fear; coming up with an idea; designing an experiment; understanding assumptions; interpreting data; reasoning from evidence. Most physicists would claim they do this for a living and would be delighted to observe this behavior in their students, yet for a variety of reasons, this is often not what we encourage in our introductory physics labs.

We have developed a portable wireless lab system with the goal of putting simple yet powerful tools in the hands of every student, and with it have developed and implemented an introductory physics lab curriculum that bridges between informal “tinkering” and community standards for scientific practices. Our students invent experiments and acquire data both in and out of the classroom, and share their data with each other and with instructors using an integrated cloud-based repository.

This new approach is allowing us to shift the focus of our introductory physics labs toward creativity, critical thinking, and communication.


W1. "New Teacher Network & Development", Saturday, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CT (1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET)
Facilitated by
Marianna Ruggerio, Physics Instructor, Auburn High School

W2. "STEP UP for Women", Saturday, 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm CT (2:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET)

Facilitated by Jennifer Gimmel, Adjunct Faculty, Physics, College of DuPage

Hosts - Morten Lundsgard, mlundsga@illinois.edu and Craig Williams, craig.williams@nwsc.k12.in.us

This webpage - Andrew Morrison, amorriso@jjc.edu