Monthly Archives: November 2017

From the National Catholic Register on May 10, 2017: “Vatican Observatory Director: Science Tells Us How God Created the Universe”

As the pressure to adulterate the science taught in Florida’s public school classrooms builds, it’s worth keeping in mind that this is not a religion vs. science issue.  For example, the Catholic Church is fully on board with great science.  … Continue reading

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A request to high school physics teachers: Tell me what you think it should take to be certified to teach high school physics.

What would the ideal teacher certification process look like? If you are a high school physics teacher, tell me what you think it should take to be certified to teach high school physics. You can send me a tweet (@PaulCottlePhys) … Continue reading

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Future Physicists of Florida inducts 224 Bay County middle school students in ceremony at FSU Panama City campus

The Panama City News Herald’s coverage of yesterday’s induction ceremony for the Dr. James T. and Jana L. Cook Future Physicists of Florida FSU Panama City Chapter is here. Some additional scenes (courtesy of my iPhone):

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Incentives for math and science teachers in Florida: First, parents, educators and leaders have to care about math and science.

For those who think that incentives should be used to reverse the decline in the supply of high school math and science teachers in Florida, there has been good news and bad news recently. The good news was in Bay … Continue reading

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224 Bay District middle school students to be inducted into Future Physicists of Florida on Monday

The Dr. James T. and Jana L. Cook FSU-Panama City chapter of the Future Physicists of Florida will induct 224 students from Bay District middle schools this coming Monday.  The ceremony will begin at 5:30 pm at FSU-PC’s Holley Center. … Continue reading

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Ten years ago, a committee of scientists and science educators was working on new K-12 science standards for Florida. This is what the committee members said when the process was completed.

A decade ago, a group of scientists and science educators at the K-12 and postsecondary levels were working to assemble world-class science standards for Florida’s K-12 classrooms.  In February of 2008, the tumultuous process reached a climax when the State … Continue reading

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Preparing high school students for college majors in engineering: Why is this so hard for people to understand? (And why did I have to write an Orlando Sentinel op-ed about it?)

Engineering is built on a scientific foundation of physics and a mathematical foundation of calculus.  Therefore, nobody should find it surprising that the American Society for Engineering Education recommends that high school students who are considering college majors in engineering … Continue reading

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