Summer electricity and magnetism: An opportunity for high school teachers in the Panhandle

This summer and next, I will be working with a small group of teachers on learning electricity and magnetism using collaborative laboratory activities and problem-solving activities.  This summer’s six six-hour sessions will be held in Panama City, but we would welcome teachers from throughout the Panhandle who are interested in joining us.

The participants and I will be working our way through FSU’s hands-on calculus-based studio course in electricity and magnetism.  The course emphasizes the use of inquiry-driven labs and collaborative problem-solving exercises developed by the physics education research community. This course is identical to the studio version of General Physics B offered to majors in the physical sciences and engineering at FSU. This summer we will cover DC circuits and the relationship between the electric field and electric potential. Next summer we will work with magnetic fields, magnetic forces and magnetic induction.

The first two sessions this summer will cover DC circuits using McDermott’s Physics by Inquiry unit. McDermott’s unit is the basis of the DC circuit units in the new AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2 courses.

We will be meeting on six Wednesdays this summer and six more in the summer of 2017. The sessions this summer will be held from 3 pm to 9 pm on June 15, 22, 29, July 13 and 20 and August 3.

There is no cost to participants.  The participants just need to show up, work hard for six hours each session and keep up with the homework.

We are planning to order a kit for each teacher to keep for the Physics by Inquiry DC circuit unit. To do this, we’ll need to know who is coming by May 20.  If you are interested, shoot me an e-mail.

FSU’s Learning Systems Institute is providing the support necessary to make this course happen, including the teacher kits and my travel.

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