Pennsylvania 2013

December 6, 2013  Engineering: Adapting Physics Activities for S.T.E.M.

The application of Physics concepts to be applied in Engineering is one of the main points of modifying activities to address the need of adding engineering to your curriculum. Engineering is a required part of the Next Generation of Science Standards. This workshop explored several activities as examples of how this goal may be accomplished. One was investigating paper rockets as physics concepts are used to engineer a solution to a problem. Participants modified a simple paper rocket to meet a predetermined set of criteria. Plans for building your own launcher were shared. Sharing of other activities with colleagues also occurred.

Workshop leaders: Pat Callahan, Dave McCachren

Location: Messiah College, Mechanicsburg, PA
Host: Abaz Kryemadhi


March 8, 2013 Electronic and Digital Resources for Physics Teaching

This workshop focused on how we can use Electronic and Digital Resources for Physics Teaching. AAPT and other national organizations support digital libraries that can be used to enhance your teaching. Two of these are ComPADRE and NSDL. The ComPADRE Digital Library is a network of free online resource collections supporting faculty, students, and teachers in Physics and Astronomy Education. NSDL is the nation’s online portal for education and research on learning in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Participants explored these resources and planned how they can be used in the classroom to enhance their teaching.

Workshop Leaders: Dave McCachren, Pat Callahan

Where: Millersville University of PA, Millersville, PA

Host: Mehmet Goksu