LaserPablo.com Homepage

  

Student Resources    Teacher Resources    Presentations    Videos
Physics of Baseball    Photos    DVDs    Contact

Presentations & Events
pablo@laserpablo.com

--------------------- Past Events ---------------------
(most recent first)

March 7, 2015 (tentative date)   

PTSOS Workshop #4 "Come See The Light"
       Day-long workshop on light, optics, electricity and magnetism, modern physics and mechanics. For more information contact Stephanie Finander at
sfinander@sbcglobal.net.
www.PTSOS.org

Los Gatos High School

January 10, 2015

PTSOS Workshop #3 "Give Physics a Whirl"
       Day-long workshop on heat, waves, and sound and mechanics. For more information contact Stephanie Finander at
sfinander@sbcglobal.net.
www.PTSOS.org

Los Gatos High School

November 15-16, 2014

NCNAAPT Meeting. More details here.

City College at San Francisco 

September 27, 2014

PTSOS Workshop #2 "The Gravity of the Matter"
       For more information contact Stephanie Finander at
sfinander@sbcglobal.net.
www.PTSOS.org

Los Gatos High School

August 23, 2014

PTSOS Workshop #1 "Overcoming Inertia"
       Day-long workshop on the basis of everything mechanics and more. For more information contact Stephanie Finander at
sfinander@sbcglobal.net.
www.PTSOS.org

Los Gatos High School

June 21, 2014
July 19, 2014
August 2, 2014
August 16, 2014

"Music of the Spheres" at Lick Observatory
       A public outreach program that includes a musical concert in the main building exhibit hall of Lick Observatory. Performances are followed by a lecture by a renowned astronomer and then viewing through the Great Lick 36-inch Refractor and the 40-inch Nickel Reflector (weather permitting).
       Proceeds benefit the Friends of Lick Observatory (
http://www.ucolick.org/public/friends/index.html).
       Advanced reservations required--no tickets are sold at the door. Tickets are $40, $90, and $150. For more information:
http://www.ucolick.org/public/music.html

Saturday, June 21-Dave Rocha Jazz
Sandra Faber, "The 30-Meter Telescope: California's Flagship Telescope"

Saturday, July 19-Ancient Future
Geoff Marcy, "One Small Step: Other Earths & Intelligent Life in the Universe"

Saturday, August 2-Golden Bough
Alex Filippenko, "Frontiers in Astronomy & the Crisis at Lick Observatory"

Saturday, August 16-Great Guitars: Stevie Coyle and Daniel Roest
Chris Fassnacht, "Measuring the Universe with Gravitational Lenses"

Lick Observatory, Mt. Hamilton, CA

June 6, 7, 20, 2014
July 5, 18, 2014
 August 1, 15, 29, 30, 2014 

Summer Viewing Program at Lick Observatory
       View the heavens (weather permitting) through the Great 36-inch Refractor and the 40-inch Nickel Reflector. An experience of a lifetime. Tickets are $9.50 (plus processing fee) and are required in advance.
http://www.ucolick.org/public/sumvispro.html

Lick Observatory, Mt. Hamilton, CA

April 11-12, 2014

NCNAAPT Spring Meeting and Conference
       Members of NCN AAPT were treated Friday night April 11th to a "Hot Dog Reception" hosted by Paul Robinson and David Kagan at Rockstar Science. It included a walking tour around the ball park for AAPT members.
       AAPT Conference on April 12th, 9 - 5 PM at the Exploratorium. Co-hosted by Paul Doherty and Paul Robinson, the conference featured Show and Tell, and three outstanding keynote speakers; David and Christine Vernier, founders of Vernier Software and Technology; Doug Stone of Yale who authored "Einstein and the Quantum: Quest of the Valiant Swabian"; Pascal Lee "Mission: Mars". Our featured guest speakers signed books during the lunch break. The meeting concluded with a Paul Doherty providing tour of the giant concave mirror exhibit at the Exploratorium where attendees walked "through" their own image!
       More about this once in a lifetime meeting can be found at:
http://ncnaapt.org/index.php/category/ncnaapt-meetings/

Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA

March 29, 2014

PTSOS Workshop #4 "Come See The Light"
       Day-long workshop on light, optics, electricity and magnetism, modern physics and mechanics. For more information contact Stephanie Finander at
sfinander@sbcglobal.net.
www.PTSOS.org

Los Gatos High School

March 18 - 22, 2014

Spring Training, Giants Stadium and Spring Training Complex Scottsdale, AZ
       David Kagan and I will investigate the acoustical signatures of hits using a sound sensor connected to a Vernier LabQuest2 and a laptop. Does the sound of the "crack of the bat" really reveal the nature of the hit? Can you tell a homer from just the sound of the bat hitting the ball? We hope to find out.

Scottsdale, AZ

February 25 - March 2, 2014 

Spring Training, Giants Stadium and Spring Training Complex Scottsdale, AZ
       Ellyn and I will obtain our first-impressions of the Giants readiness for 2014 Season with our son Brian, Tamar, and our grandson Noah.

Scottsdale, AZ

February 2, 2014

Viewing of Supernova 2014J in M82 Through Great Lick 36-inch Refractor, Midnight to 2 AM
Lick Observatory (
http://www.ucolick.org/SaveLick)
       Alex Filippenko and his grad students provided a short history of Lick Observatory as well as a brief explanation of the significance of Type Ia supernovas and the 2014J in particular. Alex also briefly addressed how financial pressures at the University of California have put Lick Observatory on the chopping block and the role you can play to prevent or reverse this decision (
http://www.ucolick.org/SaveLick/help_save_lick.html) by joining the Friends of Lick Observatory (FoLO). http://www.ucolick.org/public/friends/index.html

Mt Hamilton, CA

February 1, 2014

PTSOS Workshop #3 "Give Physics a Whirl"
       Day-long workshop on heat, waves, and sound and mechanics. For more information contact Stephanie Finander at
sfinander@sbcglobal.net.
www.PTSOS.org

Los Gatos High School

November 15-16, 2013  

Fall Conference of NCN AAPT

---

October 5, 2013

PTSOS Workshop #2 "The Gravity of the Matter"
       For more information contact Stephanie Finander at
sfinander@sbcglobal.net.
www.PTSOS.org

Los Gatos High School

August 17, 2013

PTSOS Workshop #1 "Overcoming Inertia"
       Day-long workshop on the basis of everything mechanics and more. For more information contact Stephanie Finander at
sfinander@sbcglobal.net.
www.PTSOS.org

Los Gatos High School

July 27, 2013

Skylab 40th Anniversary Celebration
       A Benefit in Honor of Skylab: The Mission that Launched Science into Space.
       Attending and looking forward to having dinner with Owen Garriott and other Skylab astronauts.
40th Anniversary of Skylab (Youtube)

Kennedy Space Center

July 13-17, 2013

AAPT Summer Conference
       A 4-hour workshop entitled "Major League Physics - Using Baseball to Teach Mechanics" conducted by Paul Robinson and David Kagan with a brief introductory talk presented by Dr. Alan Nathan.
    Sunday, July 14
    8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    Cost: $70/$95
Summer Conference Workshops page (W-33)
       "Baseball provides a wealth of material for introductory mechanics. We'll share a collection of demonstrations, hands-on activities, and on-line resources to enrich your physics classes. In addition, we'll be treated to a talk by Dr. Alan Nathan, the pre-eminent American baseball physicist. Among other things, you'll leave with Paul Robinson's renowned "The Physics of Baseball" DVD and, if you're lucky a raffle prize. So that you're really in the "swing" wear your favorite team gear and be prepared to sing 'Take Me Out to the Ball Game.' Reserve your 'sweet spot' now!"

Portland State University, Portland OR 

March 23, 2013

PTSOS Workshop #3 "Come See The Light"
Day-long workshop on light, optics, electricity and magnetism, modern physics and mechanics. For more information contact Stephanie Finander at
sfinander@sbcglobal.net | www.PTSOS.org

Los Gatos High School

January 12, 2013

PTSOS Workshop #2 "Give Physics a Whirl"
Day-long workshop on heat, waves, and sound and mechanics. For more information contact Stephanie Finander at
sfinander@sbcglobal.net | www.PTSOS.org

Los Gatos High School

October 19, 2012

California Science Education Conference
"My Top Ten Physics Labs and Demonstrations", by Paul Robinson
4:00 to 5:00 PM, Friday.
Presenter Details

San Jose Convention Center

September 15, 2012

PTSOS Workshop #1 "Overcoming Inertia"
Day-long workshop on the basis of everything mechanics and more. For more information contact Stephanie Finander at
sfinander@sbcglobal.net.
www.PTSOS.org | Workshop #1 Flyer (PDF)

Los Gatos High School

April 21, 2012

NCN AAPT Meeting

Lake Tahoe Community College

March 30, 2012

NSTA National Conference
The Physics of Baseball, 2:00 to 3:30 PM, Indiana Convention Center, 130
(
presenter details)

Indianapolis, IN

March 10, 2012

PTSOS Workshop #3 "Come See The Light"
Day-long workshop on light, optics, electricity and magnetism, modern physics and mechanics. For more information contact Stephanie Finander at
sfinander@sbcglobal.net | www.PTSOS.org

San Mateo High School, San Mateo, CA

January 21. 2012

PTSOS Workshop #2 "Give Physics a Whirl"
Day-long workshop on heat, waves, and sound and mechanics. For more information contact Stephanie Finander at
sfinander@sbcglobal.net | www.PTSOS.org

October 22, 2011

California Science Education Conference
"My Top Ten Physics Labs and Demonstrations", by Paul Robinson
8:00 AM Saturday.
Presenter Details

Pasadena, CA

October 21, 2011

California Science Education Conference
"Physics of Baseball", by Paul Robinson and David Kagan,
4 PM Friday.
Presenter Details

Pasadena, CA

September 17, 2011

PTSOS Workshop #1 "Overcoming Inertia"
Day-long workshop on the basis of everything mechanics and more. For more information contact Stephanie Finander at
sfinander@sbcglobal.net.
www.PTSOS.org | Workshop #1 Flyer (PDF)

Los Gatos High School

August 27, 2011

"Pitch FX Summit 2011" sponsored by Sportvision
Pitch Fx, Hit Fx, and Field Fx Systems and the Physics of Baseball, 8AM to 5PM
http://baseball.sportvision.com/summit
http://baseball.sportvision.com/summit/archive/2009

AT&T Park, San Francisco, CA

July 8+, 2011

Mission: STS-135 - LAST ONE!
Launch Vehicle: Space Shuttle Atlantis
Launch Site: Kennedy Space Center - Launch Pad 39A
Launch Time: 11:40 a.m. EDT
Description: Space shuttle Atlantis will carry the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module to deliver supplies, logistics and spare parts to the International Space Station. Atlantis also will fly a system to investigate the potential for robotically refueling existing spacecraft and return a failed ammonia pump module.
http://www.nasa.gov/missions/highlights/schedule.html

Kennedy Space Center

May 16, 2011

Mission: STS-134
Launch Vehicle: Space Shuttle Endeavour
Launch Site: Kennedy Space Center - Launch Pad 39A
Launch Time: 8:56 a.m. EDT
STS-134 Description: Space shuttle Endeavour will deliver the Express Logistics Carrier-3 (ELC-3) and the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) to the International Space Station.
http://www.nasa.gov/missions/highlights/schedule.html

Kennedy Space Center

April 23, 2011

Northern Californa/Nevada AAPT Meeting -- Spring Meeting
Host: Paul Doherty (
pauld@exploratorium.edu)
Invited Speaker: Adam Weiner, Author of "Physics of Hollywood Movies"
http://hollywoodmoviephysics.com

Exploratorium, San Francisco

April 22, 2011

Northern Californa/Nevada AAPT Meeting -- Hot Dog Social
Hosts, Paul Robinson and Ellyn Daugherty
6:00 PM Hot Dog, Sodas, and other Culinary Delights
7:30 PM Program: "Movies that Demonstrate Good and Bad Physics" Adam Weiner and Paul Robinson

Biotech Wing, San Mateo High School

March 10-13, 2011

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
Annual National Meeting, San Francisco, CA
Workshop:
"Put Me in Coach! The Physics of Baseball"
SF2011.ppt | SF2011.pdf
• Thursday, March 10 7:30-9:00 AM, Moscone Center, 274 & 276
• Saturday, March 12 4:00-5:30 PM, Moscone Center, 270 & 272

Moscone Convention Center
San Francisco, CA

March 5, 2011

PTSOS Workshop #3 "Come See The Light"
Day-long workshop on light, optics, electricity and magnetism, modern physics and mechanics. For more information contact Stephanie Finander at
sfinander@sbcglobal.net | www.PTSOS.org

San Mateo High School, San Mateo, CA

February 24 , 2011

Mission: STS-133
Launch Vehicle: Space Shuttle Discovery
Launch Site: Kennedy Space Center - Launch Pad 39A
Launch Time: 4:50 p.m. EST
STS-133 Description: Space shuttle Discovery will deliver the Express Logistics Carrier-4 (ELC-4), a Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM) and critical spare components to the International Space Station.
http://www.nasa.gov/missions/highlights/schedule.html

Kennedy Space Center

January 22, 2011

PTSOS Workshop #2 "Give Physics a Whirl"
Day-long workshop on heat, waves, and sound and mechanics. For more information contact Stephanie Finander at
sfinander@sbcglobal.net | www.PTSOS.org

San Mateo High School, San Mateo, CA

January 14th, 2011

Peninsula Astronomical Society
Foothill College, Room 5015, Friday, 7:30 pm
Presentations: Pascal Lee, Planetary Scientist, NASA Ames and SETI
Title: "From Earth to Mars".
Subtitle: "Steps Toward the First Human Mission to Mars." This talk examine the What, Why, How, When, and Who of human missions to Mars.
Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut "Future Space Transportation Systems"

Foothill College, Cupertino, CA

November 6, 2010

NCN AAPT
I will present a Show 'N Tell "Educational Genocide" a book by Rog Lucido as well as demonstrate the "Bull's Eye" ramp by Cenco.

Corondelet High School, Concord, CA

November 1, 2010

Mission: STS-133
Last Scheduled Launch of Space Shuttle Discovery

Launch Pad 39A, 10 AM PST
Launch Vehicle: Space Shuttle Discovery
Launch Site: Kennedy Space Center
Launch Time: 4:40 p.m. EDT

Kennedy Space Center

October 22, 2010

California Science Education Conference
"My Top Ten Physics Labs and Demonstrations", by Paul Robinson, 8:00 AM |
Presenter Details

Sacramento, CA

September 18, 2010

PTSOS Workshop #1 "Overcoming Inertia"
Day-long workshop on the basis of everything mechanics and more. For more information contact Stephanie Finander at
sfinander@sbcglobal.net.
www.PTSOS.org | Workshop #1 Flyer (PDF)

San Mateo High School, San Mateo, CA

August 28, 2010

"Pitch FX Summit 2010" sponsored by Sportvision
Pitch Fx, Hit Fx, and Field Fx Systems and the Physics of Baseball, 8AM to 5PM

AT&T Park, San Francisco, CA

March 17-21, 2010

National Meeting of the NSTA
Tentative workshops "Nuts and Bolts of Teaching Physics" and "Pitching Physics to Your Students with Baseball."
www.nsta.org

Philadelphia, PA

March 13th, 2010

PTSOS Workshop #3 "Come See The Light"
Day-long workshop on light, optics, electricity and magnetism, modern physics and mechanics. For more information contact Stephanie Finander at
sfinander@sbcglobal.net | www.PTSOS.org

San Mateo High School, San Mateo, CA

February 15-17, 2010

National Winter AAPT Joint Meeting with APS
www.aapt.org

Washington, DC

January 16th, 2010

PTSOS Workshop #2 "Give Physics a Whirl"
Day-long workshop on heat, waves, and sound and mechanics. For more information contact Stephanie Finander at
sfinander@sbcglobal.net | www.PTSOS.org

San Mateo High School, San Mateo, CA

October 23, 2009

CSTA
"Physics of Baseball", 1:30 PM
"My Top Ten Labs and Demonstrations", 3:00 PM
http://www.cascience.org/csta/conf_home09.asp | Presenter Details

Palm Springs, CA

October 10th, 2009

Northern California/Nevada Section of AAPT Conference
Featured keynote speaker, Sy Liebergot, EECOM of Apollo 13 mission. The theme of the meeting will be "Going to the Moon--Then and Now."
www.ncnaapt.org | www.apolloeecom.com

NASA Ames Research Center,
Mountain View, CA

October 8th, 2009

Apollo 13: The Longest Hour
Reflections on the 40th Anniversary of the Apollo Program. Guest speaker, Sy Liebergot, EECOM during Apollo 13 mission. Book signing before and after the lecture. Sponsored by NASA Ames. 7:30 PM. Admission FREE and the public is invited.
Event Flyer | www.apolloeecom.com

Performing Arts Center, San Mateo, CA

September 19, 2009

PTSOS Workshop #1 "Overcoming Inertia"
Day-long workshop on the basis of everything mechanics and more. For more information contact Stephanie Finander at
sfinander@sbcglobal.net.
www.PTSOS.org | Workshop #1 Flyer (PDF)

San Mateo High School, San Mateo, CA

July 25-29, 2009

Summer AAPT Meeting
Workshop: "A New Bull's Eye Apparatus--Getting Your Students On Target with Projectile Motion"
Contributed Papers: "Periods of Satellites Around and Through the Earth" and "The Flying Pig"

Ann Arbor, MI

July 11, 2009

"Pitch FX Summit" sponsored by Sportvision
Contributed Paper: "Using Pitch FX to Teach Physics."

AT&T Park, San Francisco, CA

March 27-28, 2009

Spring Meeting, NCN AAPT
Contributed Paper: "Periods of Satellites Around and Through the Earth."

Pasco Scientific Co, Roseville, CA

March 14, 2009

PTSOS Workshop #3 "Come See The Light"
Day-long workshop on light, optics, electricity and magnetism, modern physics and mechanics. For more information contact Stephanie Finander at
sfinander@sbcglobal.net.

San Mateo High School, San Mateo, CA

February 12-16, 2009

Winter AAPT Meeting
www.aapt.org

Chicago, IL

January 31, 2009

PTSOS Workshop #2 "Give Physics a Whirl"
Day-long workshop on heat, waves, and sound and mechanics. For more information contact Stephanie Finander at
sfinander@sbcglobal.net.

San Mateo High School, San Mateo, CA