Modeling A Physical Pendulum – Another Adventure in Coding Nature

Rotational Dynamics Are Difficult to Learn… and to Teach One of the most difficult units for AP Physics students is rotational mechanics. It can also be one of the hardest to teach. With that said, I really like rotational mechanics, but I want my students to enjoy it more. I want them not be beContinue reading “Modeling A Physical Pendulum – Another Adventure in Coding Nature”

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”

Recruiting the Girls.

This post was written by Johnie Lee Fain, a recent graduate of San Rafael High School and the Academy. She is currently planning on studying computer science at Villanova University   I spent three years of my high school career in the engineering lab, and at most, there were six other girls beside me. AsContinue reading “Recruiting the Girls.”

Helping Students Create Their Own Mini Universes

For the past year, I have been helping a small software development team, headed up by my friend Winston Wolff, in the creation of a web based physics simulation tool. In this blog post, I am going to describe: Why we started this effort, What we hope to achieve, How far we have currently progressed towardsContinue reading “Helping Students Create Their Own Mini Universes”

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 some significant improvements on the project. In this post I will explainContinue reading “The Great (Mini) Robot Race”