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+
If you have trouble opening the article using the link given above, here is another place it can be found.
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.