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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.


Spring 2020 LIPTA conference pix are HERE

3-D printer files to make your own slow rollers are HERE

 Physics Teacher Events & News



CTLE credit


NYS teachers who wish to receive CTLE credit for any of the 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.



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.

Fri 11/13/20


via Zoom

VIRTUAL PHYSICS LECTURE AT SUNYSB:  Register HERE for the Physics Lecture  Jan Bernauer and Ethan Cline: "Movie Physics"  The telling of stories with motion pictures, on the big or small screen, is perhaps the dominant art form of our time. In the talk, we will explore the physics of movies and in movies. We will discuss the physics behind motion pictures, and how the advances in many disciplines of science has impacted the capabilities of storytelling. We will discuss how movies depict physics, bend the rules of nature, or even break them for artistic gain or detriment. What is possible, what could be possible, and what is not?

Fri 11/20/20


via Zoom

VIRTUAL BIOLOGY LECTURE AT SUNYSB:  Register HERE for the Biology Lecture Stephen Pyne  "Welcome to the Pyrocene. How a Fire Creature Has Remade a Fire Planet"  The Earth is a uniquely fire planet, humans a uniquely fire creature, and how they have interacted has been shaping our world throughout the Holocene. First through the control over ignition, and then by adding some control over living biomass, people have been reshaping biogeography and even climate. The process went on afterburners when humanity’s quest for more firepower led to the burning of fossil biomass. This pyric transition has passed over every environment humans inhabit. It upset fire regimes in living landscapes, leading to fire crises. Its impact on the atmosphere has globalized that effect, quickening a fire epoch. We are creating a fire age, the Pyrocene, the fire-informed equivalent to an ice age.

Fri 12/04/20


via Zoom

VIRTUAL ASTRONOMY LECTURE AT SUNYSB:  Register HERE for the Astronomy Lecture   Anja Von Der Linden  "The Vera Rubin Observatory’s Legacy Survey of Space and Time"

Fri 12/11/20


via Zoom

VIRTUAL PHYSICS LECTURE AT SUNYSB:  Register HERE for the Physics Lecture  Ken Dill  "Biophysical Insights into the Origins of Life"


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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