Major Project Guideline
General Description: Participants are invited to submit proposals for major projects that utilize workshop materials and ideas extensively. Proposals from teams emphasizing adaptation and/or implementation of ideas to enhance technological/technical students will be preferred. It is possible that these proposals may be an extension of the stipend request of the participants. The selected major projects will be funded up to $5k for the development time, which will be paid to the individuals after the completion of the project. The Project Directors will select awards for the major projects based on merit, impact on technological/technical students, and connection with a workshop area/aspect.
Examples: (1) a participant may want to develop a series of technical physics videos that would illustrate a particular application of some area of physics in industry. After the development of the videos, the participant would then field test the videos and developed curriculum, document their student's response, and how the videos and developed curriculum were integrated into their physics course(s).
(2) A participant may want to generate a module (or parts of a module) such as fluids. The participant could generate the activities, extensions, applications, and industrial applications that would comprise the module. After development of the initial module, the participant would then field test the module with their students, document their student's response, and how the module was used in their physics course(s).
(3) A participant who took the Physlets and TIPERs workshop may want to generate a Physlets module or collection of TIPERs dealing with a specific area (rotation or thermodynamics) related to an important area in technical education.
(4) A participant may want to generate a series of new MBL or CBL labs dealing with a specific area (rotation or magnetic fields) related to an important area in technical education.
(5) A participant may want to conduct a small scale research study in one of the following:
(a) the development of a focused conceptual assessment consisting of 10-12 questions on one idea, principle,
concept, etc, administration of that instrument to at least 40 subjects, analysis of the data and revision of the
instrument based on initial results.
(b) the development of a set of working backwards problems on a topic, trying them out with students, getting
feedback and then revising the problems and/or generating new ones.
Procedure for Submitting Proposals: Any participant of the Physics Workshops for the 21st Century is eligible to submit a proposal. The proposal should have the following parts:
· A Participant Major Project Request Form with the project name, principal investigator's name(s) and institutional affiliation, and proposed starting date and completion date.
· An abstract for the project (less than 150 words).
· A narrative of the proposed project describing the project, development plan, the testing of the developed materials with students, how the project will impact their curriculum, and how it may be useful to others.
· A proposed timeline for the project.
Proposals should be submitted to:
Curtis J. Hieggelke, Project Director
Physics Workshops for the 21st Century
Natural Science Department
Joliet Junior College firstname.lastname@example.org
1215 Houbolt Road 815-280-2371 (voice)
Joliet, IL 60431-8938 815- 280-6671 (fax)