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The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) is a national organization whose mission is to enhance the understanding and appreciation of physics through teaching.

The Southern California Section (SCAAPT) supports the mission of the AAPT via our biannual meetings and our email list. The SCAAPT welcomes the participation of anyone interested in physics and physics teaching, but especially Southern California area high school and college physics teachers. The activities of the SCAAPT are supported solely through the dues and volunteer work of its members. We are not supported financially by the national organization.

We hope you will join us formally, but we encourage you to get to know us by joining our email list and attending our meetings.



SCAAPT Spring 2015 Meeting

Sat, April 25th, at University of California Los Angeles
The fall Meeting will take place at University of California, Los Angeles, on Saturday,April  25th. More information can be found here on the


There will be a New Physics Teacher Workshop in August 2014 hosted by USC. This will workshop will focus on Mechanics and Heat - with hands on Labs and Demos. To RSVP or for more information, please contact James Lincoln or visit .

Student Video Contest

SCAAPT is proud to present its second annual Physics Student Video Contest. The contest is open to all high school, community college and undergraduate students. Submit by April 1, 2014.
      Reults Announced at the May 3rd Meeting  

The winning entry will receive a $500 grand prize, a $100 2nd place, and a prize for the sponsoring physics teacher of the grand prize winner. Read about the theme and see the rules on this page.  Also, you can download this flier for the contest.

 Here are the 2012 winners.


FALL 2014 MEETING - Past

Saturday, November 8th,at University of Southern California The most recent SCAAPT Spring Meeting took place Saturday, November 8th ,at University of Southern California, Los Angeles. More information can be found here on the          PROGRAM PAGE.


SCAAPT is encouraging and supporting (with monetary awards) the formation of Local Area Networks within the Southern California region in order to foster a variety of possible collaborations between physics teachers at the high school and college levels. More information and an application form is available on the LAN page.


We are always looking for sites for future meetings.. If you would like to volunteer to host a meeting, please contact James Lincoln.



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