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Physics for the nation's future
Date:2/13/2010

Washington, DC, Feb. 10, 2010 -- Recent international studies of math and science education suggest that students in the United States are falling further behind their foreign counterparts. Next week, this issue and others will take center stage at the 2010 joint meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) and the American Physical Society (APS), which takes place from Feb. 13-17 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Educators, researchers, and policy-makers from across the nation will come together to discuss strategies for improving the nation's education system, share perspectives from inside its classrooms, and hear the latest innovative ideas under the overarching theme "Physics for the Nation's Future."

Journalists are invited to attend the meeting for free. Registration instructions and more information on the meeting can be found at the end of this press release. Some highlights of the meeting include:

1) Plenary Talks: Re-Energizing America's Focus in STEM Education
2) Physics First in Baltimore
3) For the Love of Science
4) Physics Boot Camp
5) Everyday Science Stories

1) PLENARY TALKS: RE-ENERGIZING AMERICA'S FOCUS IN STEM EDUCATION

The Kavli Foundation will sponsor a series of talks by high-profile speakers that present strategies for improving Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education in the United States, a session chaired by Alex Dickison, president of AAPT and professor at Seminole State College of Florida. For more information about the implementation of good teaching practices, the value of diversity in STEM education, and the Algebra Project's efforts to improve math education, see: http://www.aps.org/meetings/april/events/spec-sessions/plenary.cfmk

2) PHYSICS FIRST IN BALTIMORE

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Contact: Jason Bardi
jbardi@aip.org
301-209-3091
American Institute of Physics
Source:Eurekalert

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