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Spring Meeting: April 29, 2017

American Association of Physics Teachers  CO / WY Regional Conference
Saturday, April 29, 2017 @ Colorado State University, Fort Collins


The theme for this meeting is Teaching Physics and Sustainability. We will be focusing on engaging activities for teaching sustainability and general physics concepts.

Invited Talks

  • Simple. Serious. Solvable. The 3 S’s of Climate Change, Scott Denning, Colorado State University
  • The Status of Photovoltaic Cells and Panels, Jim Sites, Colorado State University
  • The Great American Eclipse, Dr. Doug Duncan, CU Fiske Planetarium
  • How Physics, Psychology, Philosophy, and Science Can Save All Mankind: A Humble Presentation, Dr. Craig A. Foster, United States Air Force Academy


  • Activities for Teaching About Climate and Climate Change, Brian Jones, Little Shop of Physics
  • TEAM-UP for Physics: Lessons to Have In Your Back Pocket: exciting lessons for the end of the school year, Cherie Bornhorst
  • Exploring Cosmology with the Perimeter Institute, Chris Nichols, Castle View High School
  • Introductory Physics for Life Science Students Informal Discussion, Steve Iona
  • The Little Shop of Physics Hands-on Science Experience will be set up in the CSU Physics Teaching Labs!

Contributed Talks

All attendees are encouraged to contribute a talk. Talks will be 10 minutes in length plus 2 minutes for questions. Please submit contributed talk and workshop abstracts to

  • Inquiry-based Labs for Introductory Physics, Daniel Dale, University of Wyoming
  • Mines-UNC Teacher Preparation Program TIR Update, Stephanie Fanselow
  • Introduction to Modeling Instruction, Earl Legleiter, Legleiter Science Consulting

Tentative Schedule 

8:30-9:00am Registration (Pendulum Foyer)
9:00-9:10am Welcome (Hammond)
9:10-9:55am Invited Talks: Scott Denning, Craig Foster (Hammond)
9:55am-10:10am Coffee Break (Pendulum Foyer)
10:10-11:00am Workshop: Activities for Teaching About Climate and Climate Change
11:00-11:30am Business Meeting (Hammond)
11:30am Lunch (included with registration)
12:00pm Little Shop of Physics in the Teaching Labs (Teaching Labs)
12:30pm Poster Session (Hallway)
1:00-1:45PM Invited Talks: Jim Sites, Doug Duncan (Hammond)
1:45-2:00pm Coffee Break (Foyer)
2:00-2:50pm Parallel Sessions:TEAM-UP for Physics hosted by Cherie Bornhorst (D-102) and Introductory Physics for Life Science Students Informal Discussion (Hammond)
2:50-3:00pm Coffee Break (Foyer)
3:00-3:50pm Perimeter Institute (Hammond)
3:50-4:00pm Coffee Break (Foyer)
4:00-5:00pm Contributed talks (Hammond)
5:00pm Adjourn

Undergraduate Posters

There will be an poster session, where students may present on any physics topic. This is open to undergraduate and graduate students, and there will be prizes for top posters. Poster session can be about any topics related to physics including research.

Students who present will have their registration covered by the section. Please submit a title to

  • IOLabs for PHGN200, Jacob Wikowsky, Colorado School of Mines
  • Perception and Dissonance: Exploring Combinations of Common Musical Instruments, Brendan Richards, Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Frequency-Domain Indoor Location, Matthew Kowalsky, Colorado School of Mines
  • Electroencephalography and the Mechanical Operation of an Exoskeletal Arm, Kourteney Zadina, University of Northern Colorado
  • The Undergraduate Experience in Science Outreach, Little Shop of Physics

Other Highlights Include

  • Door prizes for registered participants – Grand prize: $200 for classroom equipment!
  • Great food included with registration fee!
  • Low registration fee of $10 for teachers and $5 for students. Free for students who present!
  • Networking with awesome high school and college physics teachers!

COST – (Includes coffee, snacks and lunch) 

Teachers & Scientific Professionals  Students, First Year Teachers

Students Who Present




*You become a CO/WY Region American Association of Physics Teachers member at no cost by simply registering for this conference!

Directions and Parking

Registration will take place at the Colorado State University Physics Department outside of Engineering 120. We recommend you park in the Engineering/Student Center lot. Parking is free is most spaces and lots on Saturdays; please double check the signs to make sure.



While on-site registration will be available, please preregister if possible.

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