Author Archives: Paul Cottle

Bay County Future Physicists of Florida induction ceremony set for October 2

The third annual induction ceremony for the Dr. James T. and Jana L. Cook Future Physicists of Florida FSU Panama City Chapter will be held on Monday, October 2 at the Holley Center located on the Panama City campus of … Continue reading

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My pitch to high school parents to prepare their students properly for college STEM majors

The Tallahassee Democrat has now published the written version of my pitch to high school parents to prepare their students properly for college STEM majors. When I give that pitch to a group of parents in person, the slides below are what … Continue reading

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The Bay County STEM Career Prep Renaissance Continues – Physics is Page 1A above the fold in today’s Panama City News-Herald

A big thank you to Rutherford High School physics and math teacher Rachel Morris for this photo. You can read the story here. One issue with the story:  It says “The district has the lowest physics enrollment in the state,” … Continue reading

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What to do about the rapid decline of the number of new high school math teachers in Florida

The number of new teachers fully certified to teach the highest level high school math courses in Florida (and therefore earning the state’s “Math 6-12” certification) is dropping quickly.  Many high schools are already filling the gaps left by the … Continue reading

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Florida Teacher Certification Exam results show sharp declines in supply of Math 6-12 and Physics teachers

While teacher shortages have made headlines in the past year, a look at results of the Florida Teacher Certification Exams for the years 2013-2016 show that at least at the high school level the sharpest declines in the supply of … Continue reading

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Memo to parents: Is your high school student prepared for opportunities in STEM and health fields? School districts should feel free to copy and distribute ;-)

Your daughter or son is not well prepared for a college major in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) or health field unless she or he has taken Chemistry, Physics and a math course called “Precalculus” in high school. Taking … Continue reading

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High school physics in Central Florida: Orlando Sentinel compares physics enrollment rates in Orange and Seminole Counties

The Orlando Sentinel’s Leslie Postal compared Orange and Seminole County high school physics enrollment rates in a School Zone post today. Lest a reader simply conclude that Seminole generally does better than Orange because Seminole’s students are uniformly more affluent, I’ve included a plot … Continue reading

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