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 2017 Video Showcase

5/16/2017

Watch "APEX: Elicitation Questions as part of the Alabama Alliance for Physics Excellence" presented at the NSF 2017 Video Showcase "Research & Design for Impact." It features Elicitation Questions used in APEX activities.

Watch the APEX video (full size) from the NSF 2017 Video Showcase.

2017 APEX Cohort 2 PTI Spring Workshop at AAMU

5/15/2017

APEX Physics Teacher Institute (PTI) has convened the Spring Workshop for Cohort 2 for 2017. The workshop was held May 12th and 13th at Alabama A&M University.

2017 APEX Cohort 3 PTI Spring Workshop at AAMU

4/10/2017

APEX Physics Teacher Institute (PTI) has convened the Spring Workshop for Cohort 3 for 2017. The workshop was held April 7th and 8th at Alabama A&M University.

2017 APEX Cohort 2 PTI Winter Workshop at AAMU

10/10/2016

APEX Physics Teacher Institute (PTI) has convened the Winter Workshop for Cohort 2 for 2017. The workshop was held March 3th and 4th at Alabama A&M University.

2016 APEX Cohort 3 PTI Fall Workshop #2 at AAMU

10/31/2016

APEX Physics Teacher Institute (PTI) has convened the second Fall Workshop for Cohort 3 for 2016. The workshop was held October 28th and 29th at Alabama A&M University.

2016 APEX Cohort 2 PTI Fall Workshop at AAMU

10/10/2016

APEX Physics Teacher Institute (PTI) has convened the Fall Workshop for Cohort 2 for 2016. The workshop was held October 7th and 8th at Alabama A&M University.

2016 APEX Cohort 3 PTI Fall Workshop #1 at AAMU

9/12/2016

APEX Physics Teacher Institute (PTI) has convened the first Fall Workshop for Cohort 3 for 2016. The workshop was held September 9th and 10th at Alabama A&M University.

2016 APEX Cohort 3 PTI Summer Institute at AAMU

7/5/2016

APEX Physics Teacher Institute (PTI) has convened the second Summer Workshop for Cohort 3. The workshop was held from June 19th to July 1st at Alabama A&M University.

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