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Physics Van Inservice Institute in the World Year of Physics
Supported by the American Physical Society: Physics on the Road
The CSU Physics Van has been operating since Spring 2003 with support from the Illinois Board of Higher Education. Funding from Physics on the Road Program has allowed the CSU Physics Van to obtain new equipment that support our current efforts. Funding from the Physics on the Road Program has allowed us to purchase new equipment from PASCO Scientific that will enhance our current efforts.
The three objectives of the Physics Van Program are to (1) develop and utilize laboratory curricula which address the state goals for learning (2) implement a teacher in-service training program for high school physics teachers and (3) provide classroom equipment and support for implementation of the physics laboratory curricula. These objectives differ from the traditional demonstration oriented program in that the CSU Physics Van program attempts to involve entire classes in activities that promote the development of physics concepts through experiments, observations, and reasoning.
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During the first half of the funding period from the Physics on the Road Program we purchased the PASCO interface and probes and have worked with 15 teachers from the Chicago area in using the equipment in Physics Van Activities.
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During the second portion of funding period our physics van driver will bring the equipment to the schools so that students can be involved in scientific inquiry.
Physics Van Driver
Last modified July 28, 2005
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