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2001 SPS National Intern
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Mark Lentz
Mark Lentz
Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, LA

Internship: SPS National Office/SPS Outreach

Virtual CNFS Exhibit

Programs Exhibited at the 7th Annual Coalition for National Science Funding (CNFS) Exhibition and Reception

Programs for Teachers

PhystecThe American Physical Society (APS), in partnership with the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) and the American Institute of Physics (AIP), has established a program that aims to dramatically improve the preparation of physics and physical science teachers, nation-wide. This project increases the role of physics departments, in collaboration with education departments, to create more and better-prepared future teachers.
NSF Award #0075528

PTRA (Physics Teaching Resource Agents)
PTRA, a program of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), is designed to improve the teaching and learning of physics and physical science in precollegiate education for all teachers and students in the United States. PTRA workshops give practicing teachers an opportunity to improve themselves professionally. At these workshops, teachers grow in the knowledge and skill associated with teaching physics and physical science. The knowledge and skills include, but are not limited to, leadership, classroom organization, physics content, teaching techniques, trends in science education and equity issues.
NSF Award #9150173

The Role of Physics Departments in Preparing K-12 Teachers
Publication containing papers from a working conference, "The Role of Physics Departments in Preparing K-12 Teachers," held at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln (UNL) in June 2000. The primary goal of the conference was to evaluate the range of current pedagogical approaches and the evidence for the efficacy of these approaches to teaching science to preservice teachers.

Programs Building Networks

Two-Year Colleges in the 21st Century (TYC21)
The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), in partnership with the American Institute of Physics (AIP), established a program to improve physics education by promoting communication and interaction among two-year college physics faculty.

Physics in the Two-Year College
In 1996, the American Institute of Physics conducted the first comprehensive nationwide survey of physics faculty at two-year colleges (TYC's), with funding from the National Science Foundation. Information on physics programs was secured from over 99% of the nearly 1800 two-year college campuses in the US, and surveys were completed by 56% of the 2700 faculty teaching physics on these campuses in the Spring of 1996.

New Faculty Workshop
The American Association of Physics Teachers has scheduled a workshop aimed at helping new physics faculty to be aware of and to understand how students learn physics and the implications of this information for their own teaching activities. The workshop will cover new developments in physics curriculum and pedagogy.

Curriculum Programs

Active Physics
Active Physics was developed by Dr. Arthur Eisenkraft and leading physicists, physics teachers and science educators under the auspices of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) and the American Institute of Physics (AIP). Each Active Physics chapter was written by a dedicated team of physicists and high school teachers, supported by prominent technical editors, educational technology specialists, cognitive scientists and math curriculum specialists. Active Physics is taking the lead in the "Physics First" Movement across the nation.

Powerful Ideas in Physical Science
Powerful Ideas in Physical ScienceThe American Institute of Physics (AIP) and the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) teamed to improve instruction in college and university physical science courses for preservice elementary school teachers. The program helps prospective teachers acquire a better understanding of the physical science concepts they are required to teach, an awareness of both their own and children's naive ideas about physical science phenomena, and a repertoire of techniques and strategies which they can use in their classroom to help children better learn and understand physical science concepts.
NSF Award #9496330

Physics Cinema Classics
This three double-sided videodisc compilation of classic film loops from more than 100 sources including PSSC, Project Physics, and Ealing was created with funding by the National Science Foundation. More than 245 classic video and still presentations of physics principles are accompanied by instructor’s hints, an inquiry track, and an explanation track. Contents include Mechanics, Mechanics and Heat, Waves, Waves and Electricity and Magnetism, Conservation Laws, and Angular Momentum and Modern Physics.



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