2012-13 Meeting Schedule:
All meetings start around 7 p.m. (ish)
At YSU, meetings are held in Room 2026, Ward Beecher Science Hall
- Thursday, February 21 - Austintown Fitch High School
- Tuesday, March 19 - Wednesday, March 20 - YSU (The meeting before Physics Olympics, a good time to get questions answered)
- Thursday, April 11 - Poland Seminary High School - Enter at the front of the building, left set of doors. Signs will be posted.
- Thursday, May 2 - YSU
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For more information about YAPA, for directions, or to be added to the YAPA mailing list if you don't have access to the internet (you're reading this on a friend's computer, right?), contact Cynthia Smotzer at (330) 941-1349 or Gregg Sturrus at (330) 941-7113
YAPA - the quick way of saying the "Youngstown Area Physics Alliance," is a way for teachers to meet, share ideas, learn new demos, and connect.
The YSU Physics Department hosts these monthly "sharing sessions" for area high school physics and physical science teachers in the six-county area served by YSU. Even though named the Youngstown Area Physics Alliance, these sessions are open to teachers from every grade level, other disciplines and other geographical areas.
Sharing Sessions are held for the benefit and interaction of all those who teach physics, physical science, and science in general. They provide an informal forum for middle and high school teachers and college faculty, both "veterans" and "rookies," to meet and share ideas and concerns. Pre-service teachers and secondary education students are also welcome, as are elementary teachers with a special interest in learning more about teaching selected principles of physics on their level.
Meetings are informal, eclectic, and sociable - and may feature:
Construction of inexpensive "make and take" demos for your classroom;
Discussion about what works - and what doesn't work - in teaching techniques;
Repair of old equipment for those "budget challenged" and instruction in their use;
Reports on the latest in science teaching techniques by those just back from national meetings;
Demonstrations that aid in concept development
The only requisite for attending is an interest in improving the teaching of science.
Cynthia Smotzer is now co-charing the YAPA meetings with Gregg Sturrus. Be sure to attend an upcoming meeting and share your congratulations with her.