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ERIC Number: EJ758468
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Oct
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-0887-2376
Energy Bowlerama
Criminale, Cecily; Esfan, Neda; Mathew, Mariam
Science Scope, v30 n2 p30-33 Oct 2006
The study of the basic concepts in physics naturally lends itself to real-world analogies and hands-on activities in the classroom. In 2006, science teachers at the United Nations International School searched for a way to go beyond the classroom in order to combine an adolescent's real-world interests with a whole-body, kinesthetic activity. They turned to New York City's resources to find a venue. What they discovered was a nearby bowling alley. This article describes how eighth-grade students turned a bowling alley into a giant physics laboratory, where students studied energy transfer and calculated factors affecting their game. Their collaborative efforts, between the science and math classes, provided the framework for a whole-body approach to physical science and an activity through which students discovered the joys of physics and bowling. At a minimum, this activity is highly recommended for teachers trying to find a kinesthetic approach to teaching and reinforcing physics concepts.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York