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Robinson, Ian – Physics Education, 2018
Described is an established geophysics project to construct a solar wind monitor based on a nT resolution fluxgate magnetometer. Low-cost and appropriate from school to university level it incorporates elements of astrophysics, geophysics, electronics, programming, computer networking and signal processing. The system monitors the earth's field in…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Geophysics, Measurement Equipment, Foreign Countries
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Sousa-Silva, Clara; McKemmish, Laura K.; Chubb, Katy L.; Gorman, Marie N.; Baker, Jack S.; Barton, Emma J.; Rivlin, Tom; Tennyson, Jonathan – Physics Education, 2018
Involving students in state-of-the-art research from an early age eliminates the idea that science is only for the scientists and empowers young people to explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects. It is also a great opportunity to dispel harmful stereotypes about who is suitable for STEM careers, while leaving students…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Secondary School Science, STEM Education
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Ayars, Eric; Goff, Tori; Williams, Kirk – Physics Teacher, 2018
Quadcopters (also known as "drones") do not fly in vacuum. This is obvious enough that experimenting on one in a vacuum chamber would seem rather uninteresting, but there is one question that may be usefully addressed by such an experiment: the mechanism for yaw control. Quadcopters control yaw (rotation about the vertical axis) by…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Science Experiments
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Moldwin, Mark B. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
Many large-lecture introductory science courses for nonscience majors do not have a lab component and hence do not provide much opportunity for students to engage in the practice of science. I have developed a new instructional activity called Dorm Room Labs that enables students to conduct hands-on activities as homework (or dorm room work) to…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, College Science, Science Laboratories, Nonmajors
Francis, Marlon F. – ProQuest LLC, 2018
The use of technologies in and outside classrooms has attracted young adolescents who must be prepared to embrace the opportunities and face new challenges in the 21st century. Educational systems across the US continue to gravitate toward new technologies such as digital cameras, interactive-boards, and software that have been shown to enhance…
Descriptors: Technology Uses in Education, Story Telling, Active Learning, Student Projects
Smithsonian Institution, 2018
The year 2017 was successful for the Smithsonian by any measure. Their curators opened insightful and inspirational exhibitions. Their scientists continued to do groundbreaking research that benefits humankind. Their educators are reaching more people than ever before with compelling programming. The years-long, Smithsonian-wide campaign soared…
Descriptors: Museums, Exhibits, African American History, Females
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Wilhelm, Jennifer; Cole, Merryn; Cohen, Cheryl; Lindell, Rebecca – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2018
[This paper is part of the Focused Collection on Astronomy Education Research.] We examined teachers' spatial-scientific reasoning and the alternative conceptions they held regarding Earth-space content. While participating in a professional development (PD) workshop, teachers engaged in an integrated mathematics and science project-based unit…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Visualization, Visual Aids, Motion
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Brock, Laci Shea; Prather, Edward; Impey, Chris – Physical Review Physics Education Research, 2018
[This paper is part of the Focused Collection on Astronomy Education Research.] One goal for a scientifically literate citizenry would be for learners to appreciate when the Earth came to be and where it resides in the Universe. Understanding the Earth's formation in time in both a sociohistorical and scientific sense allows us to place humanity…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Models, Astronomy, Constructivism (Learning)
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Paulson, Pryce; Curtis, Jarret; Bartel, Evan; Cyr, Waycen Owens; Lamsal, Chiranjivi – Physics Education, 2018
In this study, the nuts and bolts of designing and building a high powered rocket have been presented. A computer simulation program called RockSim was used to design the rocket. Simulation results are consistent with time variations of altitude, velocity, and acceleration obtained in the actual flight. The actual drag coefficient was determined…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Space Sciences, Computer Simulation
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Kontomaris, Stylianos Vasileios; Malamou, Anna – Physics Education, 2018
Black holes and the physics behind them is a fascinating topic for students of all levels. The exotic conditions which prevail near a black hole should be discussed and presented to undergraduate students in order to increase their interest in studying physics and to provide useful insights into basic physics concepts, such as non-uniform…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Undergraduate Study, College Science
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Laux, Katie – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2018
Background: Incorporating student voice into the science classroom has the potential to positively impact science teaching and learning. However, students are rarely consulted on school and classroom matters. This literature review examines the effects of including student voice in the science classroom. Purpose: The purpose of this literature…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Periodicals
Strong, Alexandra Coso; Lynch, Caitrin – New England Journal of Higher Education, 2018
Each year, colleges around the nation select a common reading book for their incoming students or, in the case of Olin College of Engineering, for the entire college community. In 2017, the institution selected "Hidden Figures" as a reading meant to provide a common intellectual experience, illustrate the vigor and breadth of the…
Descriptors: College Students, Summer Programs, Reading Materials, African Americans
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Burton, Bill; Ogden, Kate; Walker, Becky; Bledsoe, Leslie; Hardage, Lauren – Science and Children, 2018
For the last several years, the authors have implemented an integrated Mars Colony project for their third-grade classes. Students explored several considerations related to colonizing and inhabiting a new world, including food sources, types of citizens, transportation, and housing design. Nearly everything about the project was open-ended, full…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Space Sciences, Elementary School Science, Science Activities
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Olcer, Sevinc – International Journal of Environmental and Science Education, 2017
The present study is a descriptive research in the scanning model. In the present study is research conducted to determine five to six-year-old children's knowledge of science content, study group constitutes of 360 children attending preschool educational institutions in Burdur city center and their parents and teachers. In the study, Science…
Descriptors: Young Children, Knowledge Level, Science Instruction, Foreign Countries
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Wilhelm, Jennifer; Toland, Michael D.; Cole, Merryn – Journal of Education in Science, Environment and Health, 2017
Differences were examined between groups of sixth grade students? spatial-scientific development pre/post implementation of an Earth/Space unit. Treatment teachers employed a spatially-integrated Earth/Space curriculum, while control teachers implemented their Business as Usual (BAU) Earth/Space units. A multi-level modeling approach was used in a…
Descriptors: Grade 6, Middle School Students, Earth Science, Space Sciences
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