APEX

The Alliance for Physics EXcellence (APEX)

NSF

APEX Partners:

AAMU

University of Alabama

Drake State

AAPT/PTRA

Huntsville City Schools

AMSTI

AMSTI

Horizon Research

Welcome!

APEX is an NSF Math and Science Partnership Program (MSP) Grant: DRL #1238192

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).

APEX on NSF 2016 Video Showcase

5/31/2016

Watch "APEX: Four step active learning in Alabama High Schools" presented at the NSF 2016 Video Showcase "Advancing Stem Learning for All." It features the Four Step Method used in numerous APEX activities.

Watch the APEX video (full size) from the NSF 2016 Video Showcase.

2016 APEX Cohort 1 PTI Spring Workshop at AAMU

4/4/2016

APEX Physics Teacher Institute (PTI) has convened the third Spring Workshop for Cohort 1. The workshop was held from April 1st and 2nd at Alabama A&M University. Cohort 1 has completed the APEX program!

2016 APEX Cohorts 2 and 3 PTI Spring Workshop at UAH

3/14/2016

APEX Physics Teacher Institute (PTI) has convened the second Spring Workshop for Cohort 2 and the first Spring Workshop for Cohort 3. The workshops were jointly held March 11th and 12th at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

2016 APEX Cohort 2 PTI Winter Workshop at AAMU

2/15/2016

APEX Physics Teacher Institute (PTI) has convened the second Winter Workshop for Cohort 2. The workshop was held February 12th and 13th at Alabama A&M University.

2016 APEX Cohorts 1 and 3 PTI Winter Workshop at UAH

1/17/2016

APEX Physics Teacher Institute (PTI) has convened the third Winter Workshop for Cohort 1 and the first Winter Workshop for Cohort 3. The workshops were jointly held January 15th and 16th at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

2015 APEX Cohort 2 PTI Fall Workshop at AAMU

10/5/2015

APEX Physics Teacher Institute (PTI) has convened the second Fall Workshop for Cohort 2. The workshop was held from October 2nd and 3rd at Alabama A&M University.

2015 APEX Cohorts 1 and 3 PTI Fall Workshop at UAH

9/21/2015

APEX Physics Teacher Institute (PTI) has convened the third Fall Workshop for Cohort 1 and the first Fall Workshop for Cohort 3. The workshops were jointly held September 18th and 19th at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

2015 APEX Cohort 3 PTI Summer Workshop at AAMU

6/29/2015

APEX Physics Teacher Institute (PTI) has convened the first Summer Workshop for Cohort 3. The workshop was held from July 13th to 24th at Alabama A&M University.

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