for Physics Teachers
by Paul Doherty
Welcome to the on-line companion to the Exploratorium Summer Institute for High School Physics teachers.
Each Institute consist of a series of hands-on workshops taught at Exploratorium Exhibits and in classrooms using inexpensive versions of Exploratorium exhibits.
Year 2004 was thetwenty-first year of Physics Summer Institutes.
Each day begins with pastry, fruit and coffee.
While we feed our bodies, we feed our minds
We discuss questions of life, the universe and everything.
We look for questions that students ask and for strategies to answer them.
After we're fed, we head out to the floor of the Exploratorium to explore scientific phenomena at museum exhibits.
After some time exploring exhibits, we return to the classroom to use inexpensive versions of Exploratorium exhibits known as, "Snacks" to explore the phenomena of science. In my classes I use facilitated exploration to guide the teachers to a deeper understanding of science. By modeling this approach I hope the teachers will use it in their classes.
Teachers use Scotch Magic Tape to explore electric charge.
After the classroom explorations, the teachers are
turned loose to learn on their own.
They go to the Exploratorium Learning Studio where information professionals help them to find resources for science teaching.
They go to the Teacher Machine shop where they build their own classroom versions of Exploratorium exhibits.
They prepare lessons which they present to their colleague teachers every Friday during the Summer Institute.
And, they talk with each other and with the Exploratorium Staff, sharing their teaching experiences.
The Web Pages
The following web pages contain a sample of the material I use in the Physics Summer Institute. It has been posted quickly to provide a resource for teachers. I am always adding images, rewriting, and reorganizing the material to make it easier to use.
This material is in draft form!
As you do these explorations, write me with your comments and questions. firstname.lastname@example.org
Now, grab some food and a beverage then join me exploring nature with the activities and explorations from the Summer Institute.
In our workshops we provide many simple materials, these are stored in rolling carts.
Here are the contents of our carts: TI Carts
Scientific Explorations with Paul Doherty
22 May 2000