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Upcoming meeting and April 26, 2014 at The Univeristy of Virginia

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Our next annual meeting will be April 26, 2014.

Who is Welcome: Everyone is welcome to attended the meeting. Even if you are not a member of VIP.
Date: 4/26/2014
Time: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Place: University of Virginia
Cost: There is no cost.

Jaunuary 18, 2014 meeting

Reaching for the Stars
Date: October 5, 2013
Time: 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
Place: TBA
Professional Development: 8 Hours
Cost: There is no cost for the workshop.

Description: The meeting will start with coffee/snacks and introductions. Then we will have a presentation by Dr. Shanil Virani (Director, John C. Wells Planetarium) and Dr. Brian Utter (Associate Physics Professor/Physics Education Advisor) about the resources/programs available to both teachers and students through the the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Following the presentation we will enjoy a show in the planetarium. After the planetarium show we will have a short sharathon* then break for lunch. (Lunch will be provided.) Once lunch has concluded we will start our afternoon session with a presentation on the Science on a Sphere. Following Science on a Sphere we will wrap up our AP Physics 1/2 test question writing started in September and move into the next phase of our AP Physics 1/2 project.

*Attendees are encourage to bring a demonstration appropriate for material typically taught in the second semester of physics.

Registration: Contact Joe Mahler,, by email to register. Registration will be first come first served and space is limited to 20 participants. We usually fill up early!


What/Who is "V.I.P.?"

"V-I-P" stands for the Virginia Instructors of Physics -and physical science. VIP is a less than non-profit organization sponsored by the University of Virginia. It is an organization for all levels of physics and physical science education in the state of Virginia. Its purpose is to end the isolation felt by so many high school physics and physical science teachers. (As many physics teachers are the only ones in their county.) This is done through the University of Virginia’s sponsorship of an annual meeting, an e-mail listserv a printed newsletter that comes once a year and support for the VAST through the sessions we present. Membership is free to all educators teaching in the state of Virginia.

Virginia Educators can join VIP for free.

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A special thanks to VAST and the Science Museum of Virginia for hosting our web site.