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de Jesus, V. L. B.; Pérez, C. A. C.; de Oliveira, A. L.; Sasaki, D. G. G. – Physics Education, 2019
Currently, the number of smartphones with an embedded gyroscope sensor has been increasing due games whose performance relies on 3D augmented reality. In general, teaching papers on the gyroscope sensor address very simple spatial configuration, where the fixed rotation axis coincides to the z-axis of the smartphone. This work presents five…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Motion, Teaching Methods
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Boyle, Julie – Physics Education, 2019
This paper presents exemplification of the ways in which teachers can incorporate the ideology of maker education into STEAM club activities. The intention is to showcase how science teachers can infuse making into their pedagogy and inject more creativity into the learning process, yet still link it to existing science curricula, more…
Descriptors: Secondary School Science, Science Instruction, STEM Education, Art Education
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Soares, A. A.; Reis, T. O. – Physics Education, 2019
Here we present an inexpensive proposal to experimentally study Faraday's law of induction. The experiment uses low-cost materials, a computer with a sound card and a smartphone, both running free software. A value proportional to the induced electromotive force is measured with the computer's sound card and the data related to the magnetic field…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Principles, Magnets, Energy
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Wong, Nicholas H. L.; Tong, Amy S. K.; Posner, Matthew T. – Physics Education, 2019
Optical fibre communication enables the global internet, but few youths ever learn about how it works, even at a basic level, until tertiary education. While some middle school curricula might include simple geometrical optics concepts like reflection and refraction, they often lack contextual linkage to worldwide telecommunications. Through our…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Optics, Physics, Telecommunications
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Souza, P. V. S.; Morais, L. P.; Girardi, D. – Physics Education, 2018
We present an educational game for teaching physics, "Spies." The game is based on the popular boardgame "Codenames." It is useful as a didactic tool to promote and improve student engagement. "Spies" is practical, fast and requires very little physical resources, which makes it ideal for high school teaching and…
Descriptors: Physics, Teaching Methods, Educational Games, Learner Engagement
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Hartmann, Bruno; Priemer, Burkhard – Physics Education, 2018
Research shows that energy is a concept that is difficult to understand despite different teaching approaches existing. One of the problems is seen in its rather abstract definition. In contrast, we present an approach that activates students' everyday life experiences and uses these to develop a scientific understanding by introducing energy as a…
Descriptors: Energy, Observation, Measurement, Physics
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Harrison, Mark – Physics Education, 2018
Putting an electrical circuit within an inaccessible black box and asking pupils to deduce what wiring is contained within the box based solely on the circuit's behaviour is a simple teaching idea with a long history. Problems arise when trying to build enough physical black boxes to simulate a larger number of circuits within a typical school's…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Equipment, Electronics, Simulation