Simulating Circular Motion: An Inquiry Approach

This semester I have been very busy working on a new approach to teaching Physics. This has actually been part of an effort that has spanned more than three years, but this year I have really embraced this change and I have much to share. This post is a preview of many to come. IContinue reading “Simulating Circular Motion: An Inquiry Approach”

The Great (Mini) Robot Race

Robotics – The Synthesis Project The final project of the two year academy program requires that the students design, fabricate, program and test an autonomous robot. We have been doing this project since the inception of the program, but this year we have made┬ásome significant improvements on the project. In this post I will explainContinue reading “The Great (Mini) Robot Race”

Simulate, Test, Analyze: A Framework For Rigor

“Have Fun Storming The Castle!” At the end of this fall semester, the second year students in the Academy rolled and carried their medieval mechanisms of mayhem to the SRHS track and we spent the afternoon watching the devices hurl lacrosse balls across the athletic field.This project was the final performance assessment of the semesterContinue reading “Simulate, Test, Analyze: A Framework For Rigor”

Building The Central Force Model

From Lines To Angles, and Particles To Rigid Bodies We dove straight into circular motion with the 2nd year students this past week. The primary focus of last year was linear dynamics and although we did study objects that moved along curved paths (projectiles), we were still looking at two-dimensional motion as being composed ofContinue reading “Building The Central Force Model”

Building the Electrical Current Model with The Amazing $25 Programmable Power Supply

Not Just For Teaching Robotics Thanks to the generous donations of supporters of the Physics Academy, we were able to purchase a new set of Arduino Uno micro-controllers for use in this year’s robotics competition. As I was planning out the unit on teaching DC circuits, I realized that some of our DC power suppliesContinue reading “Building the Electrical Current Model with The Amazing $25 Programmable Power Supply”