Matt Greenwolfe, a long-time physics modeler, recently had an article published in The Physics Teacher (April 2015) describing a robotic kinematics apparatus he designed. Students program the robot by drawing kinematic graphs on a computer and then observe its motion. The full article is available on the Publications and Report page under the [Research] tab. Enjoy.
Here is a link to David Hestenes’ editorial which appears in the Feb 2015 edition of AJP.
Posted with the permission of AAPT
Am. J. Phys. 83, 101 (2015); http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.4904763+
Modeling teachers are often asked how well Modeling Instruction aligns with the NGSS Science & Engineering Practices. A group of modelers worked on such a document and now it’s ready for members to download. We hope it proves helpful to Modeling teachers in their discussions with curriculum directors and other teachers.
A number of modelers have described the dilemma they face convincing school officials that textbooks are the not best way to spend limited funds. Who needs textbooks? is a two-page document by Larry Dukerich that expresses a view held by some modelers the purchase of textbooks may not be the best way to use your school’s limited resources.