“Can we have a group test?” Designing collaborative, active, alternative assessments for physics and chemistry classes

Led by​: Kelly O’Shea The Next Generation Science Standards require that students construct explanations and design solutions using scientific practices. Lab practicums are an engaging and effective way for students to demonstrate their understanding. At the same time, students often learn and work in groups, and scientists also work in teams. How can we design assessments

Wave Generator Make’n’Take

Led by Mark Schober This workshop is based around a low-cost wave-driver and amplifier driven by a free smartphone app for investigating wave propagation in strings. Similarly capable equipment from science suppliers ranges from $500-$1000 per lab setup, while ours costs just $30. We will begin by using the wave driver to examine properties of standing waves

Teaching Rotational Motion: A Hands-on Workshop

Led by: Yakir Reuven Rotational Motion is a notoriously difficult topic for students to comprehend and for teachers to teach. Since it encapsulates all the main topics in mechanics (kinematics, forces, energy, momentum), Rotational Motion is a favorite source for formulating questions for the AP Physics 1 and AP Physics C exams.  Therefore, teaching it

Introducing the Metric System through Discovery-based Learning

Led by Shannon McPartland and Jennifer Micceri Looking for a more engaging approach to teaching measurement that will produce a clear and lasting understanding? In this hands-on workshop, you will participate in a condensed version of a multi-day project designed to introduce measurement and the metric system to upper elementary or middle school students.  Come

Shocking! Electrostatics on a Budget

Led by Zhanna Glazenburg and Steve Lance From NYS Regent to AP Physics and AP Chem, charge and charging are integral to most Physics and Chemistry curricula. A lot of formal activities are written to help students conceptualize the ideas of charge and charging require equipment such as Van de Graaff generator, electroscopes, Leyden jars

Investigating Energy Transfer and Energy Efficiency – A Hands-on Workshop

Led by: Fernand Brunschwig Come experience a practical and fun way to make the concept of energy more meaningful to students in terms of their daily lives along with a viable activity to apply the concept authentically – light bulb efficiency!  The workshop will begin, in “student mode,” with a hands-on experience using energy “technology