ATE Physics related projects

Job-Based Problem Sets for Technical Physics Job-based problems similar to those technology students are likely to encounter when they begin work in industrial settings are not widely available for technical physics courses. Consequently, students frequently fail to see the relevance of physics to their studies and may not recognize physics-based applications when they encounter them on the job. The objective of this project is to develop job-based problems for technical physics. These problems will be jointly developed by physics and technology instructors, representative from the Metropolitan Manufacturing Technology Center and employees from small industries in the Birmingham area. This is an NSF-ATE sponsored activity at Jefferson State Community College in Birmingham, Alabama

A Resource Package to Integrate Mathematics and Algebra-based Physics (NSF: 1999-2002) The investigators created and tested classroom activities that help students make connections between mathematics and physics. These activities promote a more student-centered classroom and strengthen workplace-relevant skill in students; in addition to helping them strengthen their ability to transfer their mathematics skills to other applications. The activities for this resource package have been written to help integrate the sequence of mathematics (MAT 121 & 122) and physics (PHY 131) courses taught at NC community colleges. However, they can also be used as a stand-alone activities or in sets to supplement whole units. The activities are classified as math activities, physics activities, integrated activities, connections, scenarios and extensions. Most use the elicit, confront, resolve, access model developed in the 1997-2000 work (CHIMP). This is an NSF-ATE sponsored activity at Wake Technical Community College, Raleigh, NC. 

Activities to Integrate Mathematics and Physics Members of the CHIMP (Committee to Help Integrate Math and Physics) team created and tested activities to integrate mathematics and physics. These activities can be used in mathematics classrooms from Algebra through pre-calculus as well as in science classrooms. The activities have been written as part of an integrated sequence of mathematics (MAT 121 & 122) and physics (PHY 131) courses; however, each one can also be used as a stand-alone activity. This is an NSF-ATE sponsored activity (NSF 9752038) at Wake Technical Community College, Raleigh, NC. 

Laboratory Center Instruction (LCI) is a method for developing inquiry based learning in the classroom as an integral part of the pedagogy. This NSF supported project is centered in Minnesota and was run by Aaron Wenger

ATE Related Sites

NSF Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Centers

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce's Technology Administration. Established in 1901, NIST strengthens the U.S. economy and improves the quality of life by working with industry to develop and apply technology, measurements, and standards. It carries out this mission through a portfolio of four major programs: Measurements and Standards Laboratories, Advanced Technology Program, Manufacturing Extension Partnership, and Baldrige National Quality Award.

The Standards Site is managed by the UKs Department for Education and Employment's Standards and Effectiveness Unit . The Standards Site provides guidance and tools to help schools in England improve effectiveness, raise standards and reduce workload.

The Illinois Learning Standards for Science were developed using the 1985 State Goals for Science, the National Science Education Standards, various other state and national works, and local education standards contributed by team members.

AAAS - Project 2061 This is a project to develop standards for K-12 science education is run by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

The ERIC Clearinghouse on Assessment and Evaluation at the University of Maryland, Department of Measurement, Statistics and Evaluation, is one of 16 subject-oriented clearinghouses operated by the United States Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement.

IEEE Standards Association.An international membership organization serving today's industries with a complete portfolio of standards programs. The IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) helps advance global prosperity by promoting the engineering process of creating, developing, integrating, sharing, and applying knowledge about electrical and information technologies and sciences for the benefit of humanity and the profession.

SCANS/2000 is an interdisciplinary research group at Johns Hopkins University Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) which is working on projects related to school-to-work and education reform. Their central theme is to create a workforce development system that properly prepares workers to compete in the international economy of the 21st century.

The New Standards Project is a joint program of two organizations: The National Center on Education and the Economy, which is based in Rochester, NY, and the Learning Research and Development Center at the University of Pittsburgh. The New Standards Project is adopting a set of very high national education standards and developing a new kind of assessment system designed to gauge student progress toward those standards. The system being built will accommodate locally developed assessments that will be benchmarked to a common national standard.

Standards: Helping all students to achieve high academic standards is currently a major concern of many of the nation's districts and schools as well as of the federal government. Both content and performance standards are important resources for reaching this goal because they provide a framework for curriculum design as well as criteria for school accountability. This site has links to Web sites that contain information on specific national and state standards.

The California State Board of Education has adopted core academic content standards in four curriculum areas for kindergarten through grade 12: English-language arts, mathematics, history-social science, and science (pdf file).

General Standards

Curriculum Frameworks - (Eisenhower National Clearinghouse) Today's educators will make good use of this extensive listing of state and national standards, including the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics.

A Compendium of Standards and Benchmarks for K-12 Education (McREL) - This site has received international recognition for its identification and articulation of content standards and benchmarks.

Mathematics Standards

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics - is a document designed to establish a broad framework to guide reform in school mathematics in the next decade. In it a vision is given of what the mathematics curriculum should include in terms of content priority and emphasis.

Science Standards

National Science Education Standards - (National Research Council) The Standards are voluntary guidelines designed to ensure that all students graduate with the science knowledge and intellectual abilities they will need to make effective decisions in their everyday lives, participate in civic and cultural affairs, and become economically productive citizens.

Scope, Sequence & Coordination - (The National Science Teachers Association) program provides science in four natural science subjects each year for all students (in terms of both science literacy and in preparation of those who are motivated to prepare for careers in science related fields): biology; chemistry; earth and space sciences; and physics, and at the high school level, grades 9 through 12.

Project 2061 of the American Association for the Advancement of Science - is a long-term initiative to reform K-12 science education nationwide. The project is creating a coordinated set of reform tools and services-books, CD-ROMS, on-line resources, and workshops-to help educators work toward science literacy for all students.

Technology Standards

Technology for All Americans Project - (International Technology Education Association) What does every student need to know and be able to do with technology? How should the articulated program in technology from grades K-12 be organized? Is there a structure for teaching technology that can withstand the accelerating changes in our technological environment? These and many other important issues are addressed in Technology for All Americans: A Rationale and Structure for the Study of Technology (Rationale and Structure).

National Educational Technology Standards - (International Society for Technology in Education) The primary goal of the ISTE National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) project is to enable stakeholders in PreK-12 education to develop national standards for the educational uses of technology that will facilitate school improvement in the United States. The NETS Project will develop standards to guide educational leaders in recognizing and addressing the essential conditions for effective use of technology to support PreK-12 education.

The Center for Educational Reform site on Academic Standards & Curriculum

National Research and Dissemination Centers for Career and Technical Education

National Center for Postsecondary Improvement. NCPI's mission is to provide leadership for the transformation and improvement of postsecondary education in its diverse forms-from research universities and comprehensive colleges to community colleges and vocational-technical schools.

The Journal of Technology Education provides a forum for scholarly discussion on topics relating to technology education.

"Standards: Making Them Useful and Workable for the Education Enterprise" An Office of Vocational and Adult Education funded report (1997) examining how skill standards are used by education institutions and outlining how they can be used more effectively.

U.S. Department of Labor Training Technology Resource Center

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology (OET) develops national educational technology policy and implements this policy through Department-wide educational technology programs.

Making Sense of Industry-Based Skill Standards (MDS-777) Thomas Bailey and Donna Merritt, Institute on Education and the Economy, Teachers College, Columbia University

"Information Technology. Its Impact on Undergraduate Education in Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology," NSF report from a 1996 workshop.

"Workshop on Improving Undergraduate Education in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences through the Use of Technology." TechEd99 Preliminary Report.  National Science Foundation, July 20-22, 1999.

"A Conceptual Framework for Industry-Based Skill Standards," Centerfocus Number 11 / April 1996 Donna Merritt

Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Centers of Excellence web sites

Other interesting Physics Related Projects or Sites

Connected with physics related television stories produced by AIP and sold to local TV stations are "Know More" web sites. These are only available from a subscribing television station. Here is the"Know More" from KFSN Channel 30 in Fresno, California.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) web site

Resources for Constructivist Physics Teaching or Physics Teaching Resource (connected with 2001 work of Alan Van Heuvelen and Eugenia Etkina at Rutgers Univiersity) Contains some very interesting QuickTime movies.