Are you looking for a great chance to share ideas with others who are passionate about the teaching and learning of physics? Come to the Fall 2017 meeting of the Appalachian Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers. College professors, high school physics teachers, and students will meet on the campus of Marietta College Friday evening, October 13 and Saturday, October 14.

The Friday evening program will feature a public science lecture in the McDonough Auditorium by Dr. Steven L. Snyder, the CEO of the Fleet Science Center in San Diego, CA. The evening will conclude with a planetarium show in the Anderson Hancock Planetarium.

The Saturday program will include talks contributed by members, an invited talk, and a workshop where participants can build their own speed of light experiment to take home.

Unless otherwise indicated, all events will be held at the Anderson Hancock Planetarium.

Tentative Schedule

Friday, October 13
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Registration Anderson Hancock Planetarium Lobby
5:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Dinner Andrews Hall Greatroom
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Sigma Pi Sigma Public Science Lecture
Dr. Steven L. Snyder
McDonough Auditorium
8:15 p.m. - 9:15 p.m. Planetarium Show Anderson Hancock Planetarium
Saturday, October 14
8:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Registration Anderson Hancock Planetarium Lobby
8:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Welcome Anderson Hancock Planetarium
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Contributed Talks  
10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Break Anderson Hancock Planetarium Lobby
10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Contributed Talks Anderson Hancock Planetarium
11:00 a.m. - 11:40 a.m. Keynote Speaker
Dr. Steven L. Snyder
Anderson Hancock Planetarium
11:50 a.m. - 1:20 p.m. Lunch / Business Meeting Andrews Hall Greatroom
1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Contributed Talks Anderson Hancock Planetarium
2:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Workshop
"Build your own Speed of Light Experiment"
Dr. Craig Howald
Rickey 107


Registration for the meeting, including food, is $30, payable on-site.  High School Teachers and retirees will be charged at the discounted rate of $20.  Students may attend free of charge.

If you know you will be attending, please email Dennis Kuhl by 5:00 p.m., September 28, 2017, to help with the food count. Please indicate which meals, Friday dinner and/or Saturday lunch, you plan to attend.

If you intend to participate in the workshop Saturday afternoon, we ask that you contribute an additional $5, payable on-site at registration.  Please email Dennis Kuhl by 5:00 p.m., September 28, 2017, to indicate your intention to participate in the workshop so that we may have sufficient materials on hand.


Contributed talks will be 12 minutes in length, with 3 minutes for questions, on a 15-minute rotation. To be included in the program, email titles and abstracts to Dennis Kuhl by 5:00 p.m., October 6, 2017.

Trip Planning

Please use the following links to help plan your trip.



Parking for the meeting is available in the yellow lots at the corner of Butler and Fourth Streets.  If parking closer to the Friday evening Public Lecture is desired, the yellow lots near McDonough Center may be used on an as-available basis.

Parking Map


The AAPT is a professional membership association of scientists dedicated to enhancing the understanding and appreciation of physics through teaching.

Formed in 1951, the Appalachian Section was the 12th (out of 47) regional sections of the AAPT. Marietta College was a founding member institution of the section. Our goal is service to the members and communities represented.