Physics Theorynet Meeting, October 23, 2021
Virtual place on Zoom
Scott Goelzer, Coe-Brown Northwood Academy NH
Kristin Newton, Cambridge Ringe & Latin HS
Mike Wadness, Medford HS
Michael Hirsh, Needham HS
Nivedi Das, Sharon HS
Per Berglund, UNH Durham, NH
Ken Olum, Tufts University
Tomasz Taylor, Northeastern University
We welcome new teacher, Kristin Newton who teaches physics at Cambridge Ringe and Latin High School.
The schools are getting back to normal. Almost all teaching is in person. What is most important for our program is that external visitors are now allowed in many schools, with proper notification of school authorities. There are some restrictions though on gathering sizes which may prevent us from "multi-class" presentations for a while. But we have a green light to resume visits in person and faculty-teacher pairings were made with "nearest neighbors":
1. Needham-Waltham: Michael Hirsch and Matt Headrick
2. Medford-Cambridge: Mike Wadness and Jesse Thaler
3. Hull-Kingston: Tim Fitzgibbon and Tom Taylor
4. Sharon/Medford-Sharon-Cambridge: Kristin Newton, Nivedi Das and Ken Olum. Tom Taylor is also nearby
5. Northwood NH, Durham NH and Lowell MA: Scott Goelzer, Per Berglund and Nishant Agarwal
Pairs/Trios, please get in touch to arrange visits as soon as possible because the weeks just before and after Thanksgiving are very convenient to everybody.
Teachers who did not attend, please contact Tom who will pair with Brent Nelson, Jim Halverson... and there are more available.
We had a very interesting discussion about purchasing an interferometer that can be used to explain physics behind LIGO gravitational wave detection. This is summarized in a separate email from Ken. What is better: Pasco or Thor, or maybe "dyi" like Glasgow University is the way to go? Please get back with your comments.
The winter meeting, in January, will be in held at Northeastern. It will be the first in person meeting in two years, but we will make it available via Zoom.
PS. Teachers' stipends increase to $180 effective this meeting.