The PhysTEC website will be unavailable Friday evening through Saturday afternoon as electrical work occurs in the American Center of Physics server room. Down time will begin at 6PM Eastern Time on Friday. Service is expected to resume by 6PM on Saturday, July 30.

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Successes

  • We had seven evening meetings during the 2013-14 year to work on the BLT projects. The average attendance was 8.6 students.
  • Visits of the TIR to late afternoon and evening lab sections led to more frequent interaction.
  • On March 25, 2014 we hosted a group advising session of Teacher Certification in Physics to answer questions about the process of teacher certification in New York State.
  • Four students attended the New York State section meeting of the AAPT.

Challenges

  • Late in the semester, student participation in PhysTEC activities falls off.
  • Getting undergraduates to attend national physics meetings in the summer is difficult.

Sustainability

  • Most of these activities are sustainable because they are inexpensive.

Lessons Learned

  • We should plan PhysTEC activities early in the semester, when students are less busy.
  • We should coordinate TAG meetings so that students can meet with teachers.

Activities

  • TIR visited Phys 123, calculus-based introductory physics, classes to discuss physics teaching
  • TIR visited Phys 124, calculus-based introductory physics, lab sections throughout the semester
  • TIR kept regular evening office hours to assist students who might need help with introductory physics and to discuss physics teaching as a career.
  • Project-designed posters (Teach People Physics) highlighting Geneseo alumni.
  • Maintained and updated Geneseo PhysTEC website, http://www.geneseo.edu/phystec .
  • Presented Geneseo PhysTEC materials in the department recruiting PowerPoint presentation for prospective students.