Award for Commitment to Outstanding Physics Education
The American Physical Society (APS) will present the Excellence in Physics Education Award to an individual or team that has exhibited sustained commitment to outstanding physics education. Nominees may be considered for accomplishments such as outreach programs, a specific program or project having major ongoing influence on physics education at the national level, outstanding teacher enhancement or teacher preparation programs over multiple years, or long-time professional service related to physics education with demonstrated positive impact. Nominations of women and members of underrepresented minority groups are especially encouraged. The winner of the award will receive $5,000, a certificate citing the achievements of the group or individual, and an allowance for travel expenses to the APS April 2019 meeting where the award will be presented. Interested applicants will find this award listed on GetEdFunding, a free database sponsored by CDW•G of thousands of funding opportunities for educators.
Throughout the summer months, students can explore the science behind some of their favorite summer activities. On PBS LearningMedia’s Science of Summer website, students will discover the physics of sailing, the chemistry of campfires, the mineral composition of sand, the forces that allow humans to ride bicycles and rollercoasters—and more.
Google’s Science Journal transforms students’ mobile devices into a science laboratory, encouraging students to conduct authentic experiments, collect and visualize data, and record observations from the world around them. The app, which is available for iOS, Android, and most Chromebooks, offers a suite of tools to measure light, motion, sound, G-forces, and more.
When students ask, “How does that work?” they can easily find out on the JigSpace platform. Using the app (for iOS), students can view step-by-step interactive 3D breakdowns of complex ideas, objects, and phenomena.