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Dearborn Workshop

Dearborn Workshop

Saturday, April 20, 2013
7:30 am - 5:00 pm

Henry Ford Community College
5101 Evergreen Rd
Dearborn, Michigan 48128

CAE Great Lakes Regional Teaching Exchange

Presented by CAE Great Lakes Regional Teaching Exchange Coordinator, Michael LoPresto (Henry Ford Community College), and held in conjunction with the Spring 2013 Meeting of the Michigan Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers (MIAAPT).

CAE Regional Teaching Exchanges are designed to foster a sense of community amongst geographically linked current and future college-level Astronomy and Space Science instructors. We at CAE don’t want you to feel isolated, and we don’t want you to have to wait to attend (or re-attend) a CAE Tier I workshop to continue your professional development. We have regional experts from the broader CAE community ready, willing, and able to provide the opportunity for you to meet your neighbors, expand your instructional repertoire, and share your own expertise.
So grab your colleagues—instructors, graduate students, and postdocs alike—and join the Exchange!

Below is the schedule for the MIAAPT meeting, which includes the CAE Regional Teaching Exchange (10:45 - 11:45 am). [Meeting fee: $10.00 (FREE for students and first-time attendees)]:
Program Schedule – Saturday April 20th
7:30 – 8:00 am: Registration/Morning refreshments
8:00 – 8:10 am: Call to order and welcome
James Gell, Plymouth High School – MIAAPT President
Michael C. LoPresto, Henry Ford Community College – Chair of Physics and Astronomy
8:10 – 10:25 am: Contributed Presentations:
8:10 – 8:25: The Physics Behind Refrigerator Magnets
David A. Van Baak, Calvin College (
8:25 – 8:40: Geomagnetism and Induced Voltage
Wathiq Abdul-Razzaq, West Virginia University (
8:40 – 8:55: Queues of Q: A (Super) Market-Based Approach to Current
Dr. Laurence Tarini, Grand Valley State University (
8:55 – 9:10: Verifying the Effects of a Mouthpiece and Bell on the Resonant Frequencies of a Trombone Using PVC-Pipe and the New P-Bone
Michael C. LoPresto, Henry Ford Community College (
9:10 – 9:25: Examining Student Understanding: Dynamics within Rotating Reference Frames
D. P. Cassidy, Western Michigan University (
9:25 – 9:40: Lawrence Tech’s Quest Program to Foster Undergraduate Research
Dr. Changgong Zhou et. Al., Lawrence Technological University (
9:40 – 9:55: Click-on House: Physics in Society
Jeff Whittaker, The Dearborn Center for Math, Science & Technology (
9:55 – 10:10: Textbooks’ Presentation of the Ambiguous Concept of “Weight”
Rex Taibu, Mallinson Institute for Science Education: Western Michigan University (
10:10 – 10:25: Effects of Formative or Summative Assessment on Learning Force & Motion
Chaiphat Plybour, Western Michigan University (
10:25 – 10:45 am: Break
10:45 – 11:45 am: Round Tables
The CAE Great Lakes Regional Teaching Exchange: Current Practices in Introductory Astronomy: In Class, Online, and with Labs
Michael C. LoPresto, Henry Ford Community College (
Participants will be invited to share anything new, innovative, and interesting that they are currently doing in Introductory Astronomy as well as discuss solutions to problems that may be arising as a result. If time permits, the moderator will share tutorials he has developed as part of his recently finished Ph.D. These and other materials will be available for participants to take home with them sponsored by the NASA/CAE Great Lakes Regional Teaching Exchange.
Location: S-041 or S-042 of the Science Building.
11:45 – 1:00 pm: Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 pm: Keynote Address: Exploring Mars with the Curiosity Rover
Dr. Nilton O. Renno, Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (
2:00 – 2:30 pm: Puzzlers! And Door Prizes!
2:30 – 3:00 pm: MIAAPT Business Meeting
James Gell, Plymouth High School – MIAAPT President
3:00 –5:00 pm: Workshops:
Workshop #1:
“Standard orbit!” Guided Inquiry Activities for Teaching Celestial Mechanics
Brad Ambrose, Grand Valley State University (
Workshop #2:
A Show at HFCC’s Hammond Planetarium
Steve Murrell, HFCC Planetarium Director (
Workshop #3:
Tour of HFCC’s renovated Science Building and New South Wing
Dr. James Smith, Henry Ford Community College (

The MIAAPT charges a very small ($10) registration fee, but the meeting is free for students and first-time attendees.
Please also register with CAE by following the link below; there is no fee to do so.
For more information about the Spring 2013 Meeting of the MIAAPT, please visit the MIAAPT website: MIAAPT Meetings.

This workshop is now closed. If you would like to be added to a waiting list, please send us an email. Thank you.

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A map and driving directions may be found at the college's website: Map and Directions. Parking information is also provided here: Parking Information.

Hotel Information

A possible hotel choice is the Hyatt Regency Dearborn.

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