All posts by ldukerich

Maiden Voyage of a Kinematics Robot

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.

Modeling Method & NGSS Practices

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.

On the matter of textbooks

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.