513 Borst Brainstorming Physics Inquiry

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513 Borst Brainstorming Physics Inquiry

  1. 1. Brainstorming Physics Inquiry<br />Redwood Firecaster<br />LeOnardO Kingmaker<br />Tribble Solo<br />Khristen Kerr, Paul Borst, & Leo Esnes<br />Empire State College<br />February 17, 2010<br />
  2. 2. Think like a teenager<br />Teenagers basically do three things everyday<br /><ul><li> Play games
  3. 3. Explore new things
  4. 4. Engage in competitions</li></li></ul><li>Group activities<br />Students have different interest and strengths therefore different types of group mixing can be implemented in order to increase the creative dynamics of experimentation, data gathering, and exploration<br />
  5. 5. The Hook<br />Raise students curiosity by presenting relatable phenomenon that promotes keen observations that can be acted upon in the lab and discussion<br />Students ride the bus to school everyday – Concepts like velocity, acceleration, and momentum are events that students have directly experienced and therefore already have a physical understanding of<br />
  6. 6. Competitive games<br />The famous physics egg drop promotes creativity, problem solving skills, experimentation, discussion, competition, curiosity, data gathering, collaboration, safety, consequences, and questions<br />
  7. 7. New things<br />The fact that all things in a gravity field fall at the same rate in a vacuum is not obvious, experiencing new things can be counter intuitive to our experiences<br />Simple demonstrations in class like allowing a feather to fall in the wake of a book can dramatically eliminate the drag of air friction and can offer up many interesting discussions on how to model this behavior<br />
  8. 8. Questions<br />Raising questions like what would happen if, stimulates students to take what they know and apply it to a wide range of possibilities<br />Visually intriguing questions allow students to surmise contingencies and put forward proposals long before any equation is composed and calculated<br />
  9. 9. Physics history<br />Understanding takes time, effort, and reflection - Knowing how the giants of physics think help us to think about how we did think, currently think, might think, can think, or could think<br />Metacognition - That&apos;s a lot to think about<br />
  10. 10. In conclusion<br />We know through research that students want to learn and that they want to be challenged<br />Lecturing to a student is passive and does not allow students to actively participate in discovering the truth<br />Understanding comes from fun, lively, and engaged exploration of the world we live in<br />
  11. 11. Inquiry discussion background<br />Conducted in Second Life at ESC’s gazebo<br /><ul><li>February 17, 2010 @ 8:45pm – 10:15pm</li></ul>Participants<br /><ul><li>Khristen Kerr – Tribble Solo
  12. 12. Paul Borst – Redwood Firecaster
  13. 13. Leo Esnes – LeOnardO Kingmaker</li></ul>Documenter<br /><ul><li>Paul Borst – Redwood Firecaster</li>

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