The Uncanny Physics of Superhero Comic Books (Sponsored by the ND STEM Network)

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***Note:  Your ticket to the banquet is included with your FRIDAY conference registration.***
*Attendance at the banquet is REQUIRED for those seeking credit for the conference.

Dr. James Kakalios, University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Friday, March 16th.  5:30 PM Social.  6:00 PM Dinner & Keynote Address
Valley City Eagles Club * 345 12th Ave NE * Valley City, ND  58072
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In 2001 Dr. Kakalios created a Freshman Seminar class at the University of Minnesota entitled: "Everything I Know About Science I Learned from Reading Comic Books." This is a real physics class, that covers topics from Isaac Newton to the transistor, but there’s not an inclined plane or pulley in sight. Rather, ALL the examples come from superhero comic books, and as much as possible, those cases where the superheroes get their physics right! His talk will show how superhero comic books can be used to illustrate fundamental physics principles. For example, was it “the fall” or “the webbing” that killed Gwen Stacy, Spider-Man’s girlfriend in the classic Amazing Spider-Man # 121? Why does the Flash become heavier as he tries to run at the speed of light? All this, and the answers to such important real life questions as how graphene saved Iron Man’s life, the chemical composition of Captain America’s shield, and who is faster: Superman or the Flash? will be discussed.

See Dr. Kakalios' bio below.

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics & Science Teaching (PAEMST)

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The banquet program will feature the presentation of this year's PAEMST North Dakota Award Winners by:

Paul Keidel
ND Coordinator of PAEMST for the National Science Foundation and White House
Board President of the ND STEM Network

What are the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching?

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 mathematics and science (including computer science) teaching. Established by Congress in 1983, the President may recognize up to 108 exemplary teachers each year.

Awards are given to mathematics and science (including computer science) teachers from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Department of Defense Education Activity schools, or the U.S. territories as a group (American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and U.S. Virgin Islands).

The award recognizes those teachers who develop and implement a high-quality instructional program that is informed by content knowledge and enhances student learning. Since the program's inception, more than 4,700 teachers have been recognized for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession.

Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of STEM (including computer science) education. The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on behalf of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.