APEX

The Alliance for Physics EXcellence (APEX)

NSF

APEX Partners:

AAMU

University of Alabama

Drake State

AAPT/PTRA

Huntsville City Schools

AMSTI

AMSTI

AIR

Welcome!

Vision Statement

APEX's vision is to transform secondary physics education in Alabama by enabling physics teachers to acquire a deeper knowledge of physics content and employ more effective pedagogical strategies based on physics education research, enabling students to achieve higher gains.

Philosophy

APEX subscribes to our nation's philosophy that every student is entitled to the same quality educational experience, regardless of where they attend school, which assumes teachers are equally and highly qualified. Physics topics are becoming ubiquitous as educators realize that physics is the fundamental science upon which the other sciences and engineering are built. However, over the past decade the percentage of highly qualified physics teachers has not significantly changed. The components of APEX are designed to raise the quality of teachers provide teachers with strategies leading to higher student achievement in physics. More students of all racial groups are studying physics than ever before (33% of high school students or over 1,000,000 students nationwide).

2014 APEX Cohort 1 PTI Fall Workshop at AAMU

11/8/2014

APEX Physics Teacher Institute (PTI) has convened the first Fall Workshop for Cohort 1. The workshop was held from November 7th and 8th at Alabama A&M University.

Dr. Jim Minstrell at Cohort 1 Fall Workshop 2014

2014 APEX Cohort 2 PTI Fall Workshop at AAMU

10/18/2014

APEX Physics Teacher Institute (PTI) has convened the first Fall Workshop for Cohort 2. The workshop was held from October 17th and 18th at Alabama A&M University.

First APEX Cohort 2 PTI Summer Workshop at AAMU

6/30/2014

APEX Physics Teacher Institute (PTI) has convened the first Summer Workshop for Cohort 2. The workshop was held from June 16th to June 27th at Alabama A&M University. The emphasis this year was on Kinematics, Energy and Momentum.

APEX Cohort 2 Summer Workshop 2014 Group Photo

Group Photo of APEX PTI Cohort 2 Participants, Summer 2014 Workshop. Click on image for full size picture.

Dr. VanderPutten Visits APEX

6/16/2014

Dr. Elizabeth VanderPutten, MSF Program Director, visited AAMU on June 25th 2014. She meet with almost the entire APEX team, AAMU Dean of Engineering, Technology, and Physical Sciences, Dr. Chance Gleen, AAMU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Daniel Wims, and AAMU President Dr. Andrew Hugine, Jr.. Dr. VanderPutten was also able to personally observe several APEX PTI workshop sessions, as her visit came during the second week of Cohort 2 2014 PTI activities.

Dr. VanderPutten visits APEX Cohort 2 Summer Workshop 2014

Dr. VanderPutten visits APEX Cohort 2 Summer 2014 Workshop. Click on image for larger picture. More Photos from her visit.

Second APEX Cohort 1 PTI Summer Workshop at AAMU

6/16/2014

APEX Physics Teacher Institute (PTI) has convened the first Summer Workshop for Cohort 1. The workshop was held from June 2nd to June 13th at Alabama A&M University. This year the focus was Electricity and Magnetism.

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