Investigating Velocity vs Time Graphs

Investigating An Object’s Velocity Graphically The first year students began this week to investigate velocity vs time graphs for moving objects. I start the Constant Acceleration Particle Model by having the students analyze these graphs first. This is a bit different than how I used to do this, but I think it works better becauseContinue reading “Investigating Velocity vs Time Graphs”

Deploying The Constant Velocity Particle Model

Proof is In The Deployment (Prediction) This week the first year Academy students put their knowledge to the test. One of the key elements of the modeling pedagogy is that students are given a chance to test their predictive powers using the model that they have built. This stage of the modeling cycle is calledContinue reading “Deploying The Constant Velocity Particle Model”

First Year Students Begin Learning About Constant Velocity Particles

And The White Boarding Begins We are off to a great start with our new students. They did an exceptional job tackling our first observational “lab” (the Buggy Lab without motion detectors), and they got the hang of white boarding pretty quickly. As can be expected, some students were very quiet, but many participated inContinue reading “First Year Students Begin Learning About Constant Velocity Particles”

Our New Full Spectrum Laser

Last week our new Full Spectrum Laser arrived at school. Thanks to the generous donation of a graduating senior’s parents, we were able to purchase theĀ Full Spectrum Pro LF Series 36×24 model with a 90 W laser upgrade and active water chiller. This cutter replaces our eight year old laser that has had some seriousContinue reading “Our New Full Spectrum Laser”

Making and Modeling

I have been resisting writing a blog for quite some time now. I suppose I just never thought it would be useful to anyone, but as I found myself reading and getting enormous value out of other amazing blogs that I stumbled upon, I decided it was time to contribute to the conversation. I amContinue reading “Making and Modeling”