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Parreira, André Luís; Carvalho, Paulo Simeão – Physics Education, 2019
This paper presents the creation of an educational resource using the camera of a mobile phone and video analysis software. The movie recorded is part of a daily context: an airplane's take-off. This work shows a way to introduce information and communication technologies (ICT) and digital educational resources (DER) as tools to teach and…
Descriptors: Motion, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Telecommunications
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de Carvalho, Vinícius; Martins, Victor Hugo; Fabris, Luís Victor Muller; Muller, Marcia; Fabris, José Luís – Physics Education, 2019
This work shows the production steps of two optical fibre sensing setups which were specially designed for the activities of the 2018 Photonics Lab Open Day realized at the Federal University of Technology-Paraná in Brazil as a celebration of the first International Day of Light (16 May). The systems are based on the sensing properties of fibre…
Descriptors: Optics, Physics, Science Instruction, High School Students
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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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Neto, F. S.; Souza, P. V. S. – Physics Education, 2018
We propose an experimental activity in order to develop a mathematical model that relates step length and walking speed of human beings. We employ two well-known physics teaching softwares, namely, Tracker to carry out the video analysis and LibreOffice/Calc to obtain graphs, trend lines and equations. The predictions of our model are compared…
Descriptors: Physics, Secondary School Science, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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de Oliveira, Marcos Henrique Abreu; Fischer, Robert – Physics Education, 2017
Ciênsação, an open online repository for hands-on experiments, has been developed to convince teachers in Latin America that science is best experienced first hand. Permitting students to experiment autonomously in small groups can be a challenging endeavour for educators in these countries. We analyse the reasons that cause hesitation of teachers…
Descriptors: Science Experiments, Hands on Science, Science Course Improvement Projects, Student Research
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Silva, M. C.; Vilela, D. C.; Migoto, V. G.; Gomes, M. P.; Martin, I. M.; Germano, J. S. E. – Physics Education, 2017
Ionizing radiation one of modern physics experimental teaching in colleges and high school can be easily implemented today due to low coasts of detectors and also electronic circuits and data acquisition interfaces. First it is interesting to show to young's students what is ionizing radiation and from where they appears near ground level? How it…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, High Schools, Secondary School Science, Science Instruction
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Levy, Denise S. – Physics Education, 2017
This article presents a web-based educational project focused on the potential value of Information and Communication Technology to enhance communication and education on nuclear science throughout Brazil. The project is designed to provide trustworthy information about the beneficial uses of nuclear technology, educating children and teenagers,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Nuclear Physics, Science and Society, Science Education
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Brockington, Guilherme; Testoni, Leonardo André; Pietrocola, Maurício – Physics Education, 2015
The continuing fascination of young people with celestial bodies leads them to pose challenging questions to their science teachers, such as how was the universe born? How were the stars formed? In this paper we present an extremely inexpensive but highly engaging activity to teach the basics of spectroscopy. Guided by the question "how do…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Spectroscopy, Physics, Science Instruction
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Souza, Marcos A. M.; Duarte, José R. R. – Physics Education, 2015
In this paper, we propose some of the strategies and methodologies for teaching high-school physics topics through an educational robotics show. This exhibition was part of a set of actions promoted by a Brazilian government program of incentive for teaching activities, whose primary focus is the training of teachers, the improvement of teaching…
Descriptors: Secondary School Science, Physics, Science Instruction, High Schools
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Kneubil, Fabiana Botelho; Loures, Marcus Vinicius Russo; Amado, William – Physics Education, 2015
In this paper we report on an activity aimed at building an electromagnetic wave. This was part of a class on the concept of mass offered to a group of 20 pre-service Brazilian physics teachers. The activity consisted of building a plane wave using an apparatus in which it is possible to fit some rods representing electric and magnetic fields into…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Energy, Magnets
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Dickman, A. G.; Martins, A. O.; Ferreira, A. C.; Andrade, L. M. – Physics Education, 2014
We devise and test a set of tactile symbols to represent elements frequently used in mechanics diagrams, such as vectors, ropes, pulleys, blocks and surfaces, that can be used to adapt drawings of physics situations in textbooks for blind students. We also investigate how figures are described for blind students in classroom activities and exams,…
Descriptors: Blindness, High School Students, Tactile Adaptation, Visual Aids
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Azevedo, A. C.; Santos, A. C. F. – Physics Education, 2014
We focus on the difficulties that visually impaired students have when dealing with graphics and diagrams in their study of geometrical optics. This case study suggests practices that use low cost materials, easy to find and to handle, and that provide a tactile perception for visually impaired students. The activities employ light and easy to…
Descriptors: Visual Impairments, High School Students, Foreign Countries, Optics
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Pereira, Marcus Vinicius; de Souza Barros, Susana; de Rezende Filho, Luiz Augusto C.; de A. Fauth, Leduc Hermeto – Physics Education, 2012
Constant technological advancement has facilitated access to digital cameras and cell phones. Involving students in a video production project can work as a motivating aspect to make them active and reflective in their learning, intellectually engaged in a recursive process. This project was implemented in high school level physics laboratory…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, High School Students, Secondary School Science, Aesthetics
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Aroca, S. C.; Schiel, D.; Silva, C. C. – Physics Education, 2008
The present article describes some activities performed with high-school students in the "Solar Physics" course developed in a Brazilian science centre. The topics of chemical composition, temperature and stellar evolution were taught in a room totally dedicated to study of the Sun, a solar room, designed with simple and inexpensive…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Physics, Climate, High School Students
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Sinflorio, D. A.; Fonseca, P.; Coelho, L. F. S.; Santos, A. C. F. – Physics Education, 2006
In this article we describe two simple experiments using an ion accelerator as an aid to the teaching of electromagnetism to high-school students. This is part of a programme developed by a Brazilian State funding agency (FAPERJ) which aims to help scientifically minded students take their first steps in research.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Physics, Science Experiments, High School Students