homepage of the
Western New York State Physics Teachers' Alliance affiliated with the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) and the
Science Teachers' Association of NY State (STANYS)

WNYPTA organization
Steering Committee
Member Directory
Membership Form
Past Meeting Archives.

WNYPTA-List listserv

NY St. Section NYSS-AAPT
AAPT - National

WNY Physics Ed Info:
Buffalo State Physics
Univ of Buffalo Physics
Fredonia St Coll Physics


The WNYPTA is an active group of people interested in physics teaching in the Western New York region including elementary, middle school, high school, community college and undergraduate and graduate university physics teachers, teachers-to-be and retired teachers. We meet monthly during the school year to share ideas, discuss concerns and finds ways to further our own professional development. Usually we meet 9:00am-noon Saturdays in room 367 Science Building on the campus of Buffalo State College (map). Letters of attendance for three hours at a professional development event are issued each meeting.

Using this webpage, you can acquire general information about the WNYPTA, contact WNYPTA members, subscribe to the WNYPTA-L email list, locate the name of an WNYPTA member alphabetically or by community, complete an online membership form, learn about NYSS-AAPT state section meetings or contact the National American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT).

WNYPTA 2015-16 dates, agenda & workshop leaders (freebies and a make-and-take each time; updates are highlighted):

Sep 26, 2015 - Physics ofFlight
Oct 24, 2015 - FBDs; Phy Oly demos

Nov 21, 2015 - Kelly O'Shea and Whiteboard / Discourse
Dec 05, 2015 - YouTube Videos, Desmos (Magnuson),
                        iPad video labs (Abbott); Equity (MacIsaac)

Jan 16, 2016 - Quarknet
Feb 27, 2016 - National Grid  (Elsenbeck); Sound (Abbott);
                           making physics videos (Roberts)
Mar 12, 2016 - Physics Olympics at Nardin Academy
Apr 9, 2016 -   cognitive science

May 7, 2016 - POGIL Chem Labs (M Pacheco) &
                           Regents Testing (Zawicki)
Jun 04, 2016 -
light / pinholes

This web page is maintained by Dr. Dan MacIsaac for the support of WNY physics teachers. Questions or comments regarding contents of the server should be emailed to Dr. Dan MacIsaac at

This page last updated Oct 5, 2015.