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When Does Summer Really Start? (LIPTA BARBECUE)

   I don’t know if you watch the calendar, but there is a mistake on almost all of them.  Your standard calendar says that Summer starts on Sunday, June 20.  However, this year, Summer really starts when the LIPTA Barbeque brings physics teachers together for their first in-person “meeting” in two years.  We want you to be a part of that.  The Executive Board estimates enough teachers have been fully vaccinated to safely warrant an in-person invitation to our LIPTA members to this (previously) annual event.

  School proctoring schedules this year vary widely but we hope that Wednesday, June 23, starting at 3 pm will be a convenient time for the party to start with minimal conflicts with school responsibilities. The location will be in Amityville again this year.

  Everyone’s COVID-19 comfort level is a little bit different.  If you have been fully vaccinated feel free to come with or without a mask.  If you do not fall into that category, please feel free to come with a mask. We want as many of our friends to attend as possible, but not if they feel uncomfortable in a large group.

  The barbeque has been a time for our members to get together, unwind at the end of the school year and compare war stories.  It has always been a relaxing, cathartic, tension releasing experience that is needed this year more than ever.

  To help us plan for the number of people who wish to attend, please RSVP using the form below.

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 Physics Teacher Events & News



Wed 6/23

3PM start

LIPTA BBQ - Amityville; Please RSVP above

July 20-23

Virtual workshop in quantum information science (QIS) 4 hours each day. As you make plans for this summer, you may want to consider a unique professional development for STEM High School teachers who want to stay on the cutting edge of content, technology, and engineering.  

Due to a national focus on the lack of awareness and preparation for the future quantum workforce, NSF is supporting teachers who are seeking ways to embed quantum content into their curriculum by providing a unique PD opportunity for teachers and camps for students. Quantum mechanics has been around since the 1920’s, however it is still avoided in the K-12 environment, mostly due to the lack of knowledge and confidence to teach it effectively. QIS is not just quantum physics. but it includes basic math and touches on topics of computer science, chemistry, engineering, and many other core STEM areas. 

Quantum ideas are behind everyday technologies like lasers, medical equipment, and cell phones, which is why there is a national effort to provide training and tools to address these topics.  


Spring 2021 LIPTA Newsletter - The newsletter link was emailed to all current LIPTA members on 6-14-2021.  If you didn't get it, email <membership@lipta.org> and we will email you back with your current LIPTA status.


2021 Physics Olympics - Out of a concern for the health and safety of our teachers and their students, the Executive Board of LIPTA has decided to cancel the annual Physics Olympics for the 2020-2021 school year. Hopefully, it can resume next year when all participants can be safe. Thank you for your continued interest and support.


Teaching Physics during a Pandemic - This Zoom conference was held on Monday 8/17/20; we had 54 attendees. All current LIPTA members were emailed the links and documents generated during the conference.

CTLE credit


NYS teachers who wish to receive CTLE credit for any of the fall 2021 SUNYSB lectures must register HERE:

You must register for each lecture you attend. The Graduate School will send a CTLE certificate about six weeks after each lecture.



Lectures at SUNYSB will be listed below in September. After completing the registration form you will receive an email with a link to the Open Night meeting and instructions on how to connect to the meeting online. Note that the SUNYSB response system is not automatic and it may take up to a few days for the email to arrive in your inbox. Your information provided in the registration form will not be shared outside of the administrators of the Open Night program.


Physics Demos by John Johnston


Distance Learning RealTime Physics IOLab Mechanics active learning lab curriculum available free


Home Adapted Interactive Lecture Demonstrations


LIPTA FALL 2018 CONFERENCE is now over, BUT you can still get the 'resistor boards'.  Sold in groups of 10 for $100, delivered to your school. Send a PO to the address in the box above.  OR, you can buy them yourself: Send a personal check to the address in the box above

3 /14/18

Stephen Hawking dies at age 76 - read some of his QUOTES; his appearances in Star Trek TNG, the Pink Floyd album 'The Division Bell', the Simpsons, the Metropolitan Opera piece, 'The Prologue', the Big Bang Theory and the movie 'The Theory of Everything' are HERE


Leon Lederman dies at age 96 (1988 Nobel Prize in physics)


Murray Gell-Mann dies at age 89 (1969 Nobel Prize in physics)


You can now renew your LIPTA membership for FOUR years! Go HERE to renew for 1, 2 or 4 years.


LIPTA is now on Facebook! Go HERE  


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