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Programs: The United States Physics Team Program is a physics community initiative organized by AAPT and funded by member societies of the American Institute of Physics and other generous donors.  This program encourages excellence in physics education while rewarding outstanding physic students.  High school students compete each year to represent the United States at the International Physics Olympiad Competition providing once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for students to enhance their physics knowledge as well as their creativity, leadership, and commitment to a goal.

AAPT''s mission is to enhance the understanding and appreciation of physics through teaching.

The Association has identified four critical issues that will guide our future activities:

  1. Increase AAPT''s outreach to and impact on physics teachers
  2. Increase the diversity and numbers of physics teachers and students
  3. Improve the pedagogical skills and physics knowledge of teachers at all levels
  4. Increase our understanding of physics learning and of ways to improve teaching effectiveness

Thetwenty-first century will provide the greatest opportunities andchallenges for us as we take an active role in shaping the future. Oursuccess will depend on the commitment, dedication, and continued inputof our members and the physics education community. Join us in thisjourney to enhance the quality and effectiveness of physics educationat all levels.


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From 1987 to 2005, I was a member of AAPT and ISPP. Over those years I attended many meetings of the organizations and was a contributor to the meetings. The organizations increased my personal knowledge of effective methods of teaching physics. I learned how to adapt laboratory experiments and... more »
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In 1967 I first became a member of this organization. As a professor of physics for over 40 years this organization provides me with current philosophy and cutting edge ideas for the teaching of physics. Both publication of The Physics Teacher journal and National/Regional meetings are rich ... more »
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I am a HS physics teacher and have participated in numerous professional development activities throughout my career. The best PD that I receive is a direct result of my membership in AAPT. The publication "The Physics Teacher" is a wealth of ideas and inspiration and something that I read ... more »
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