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12 February 2014

Open Lab 2014: July 27-29 at Woodberry Forest

I spend much of my summer running official College Board AP Summer Institutes.  I encourage you to join me for one of these... the dates and locations for 2014 are posted in the sidebar.

While I love AP Physics, and I love the Summer Institute format, I also recognize that there's more to physics teaching than can be discussed in a week devoted specifically to the College Board's courses.  What about conceptual physics?  General physics?  Research?  And how about college-level physics that doesn't correspond to the new algebra-based AP exams?  These topics deserve some attention in serious professional development workshops.

On July 27-29, 2014, I invite you to Woodberry Forest for a Summer Institute that is emphatically NOT devoted to AP physics.  I will share my own materials related to non-AP courses; we'll talk about and actually do some activities and laboratory work focused at all levels of physics, from conceptual to research and everywhere in between.

Also joining me will be Staci Babykin Murray, of McIntosh High School in Peachtree City, Georgia.  Her particular expertise is in using (in my words) "new-ish" technology in the classroom: iPads, Learning Management Systems, flipped classes, etc.

Between Staci, me, and the other folks who show up for the open lab, you should be able to have a good discussion about any physics teaching related questions you might have.  Hopefully we'll all leave on Tuesday the 29th with a bunch of new ideas to try out.

I'll post more logistical information shortly.  For now, know that there is no charge for the open lab, but there's no grant money, either.  You'd need to pay for food and lodging.  Arrive on Sunday midday; we'd have a late afternoon formal* session followed by dinner together and an (informal) evening "session" at my house.  We'd work all day on Monday, and until mid-afternoon on Tuesday.  You'd want to stay Sunday and Monday nights at the Holiday Inn Express in Orange, VA -- that's a five-minute drive** from campus.  We'll eat together in Orange for meals.  As those of you who have been to my summer institutes know, just being around other physics teachers is professional development, whether we're in the lab, walking around campus, at dinner, in the pub, etc.

* (or as formal as anything I do ever gets)
**(Or a 1.5 hour walk, or a 50 minute jog... I've done all of these.)

There is no "registration," -- just tell me you're coming and make a hotel reservation.  Spread the word.  And if anyone can navigate the bureaucracy of CEUs or whatever, please let me know.  I don't intend to provide any more than a certificate that you were here, but if someone who has the knowing can do the background work to get CEUs for all attendees, that would be awesome.


  1. If they run fast, they can probably make it from Holiday Inn to your place in about half an hour. :-)

  2. The chief reader of the AP exams could make it in 25 minutes without trouble. I might challenge him to run there and back by the time I make it one way. (Hint: bet on the Chief Reader.)