Stacks of Kinematics Curves as a Card Sort – submitted by Joanne O’Meara of the STAO Curriculum Committee

I’ve been making major updates and changes to my materials in the intro physics course this year. It is the first year we are teaching a yearlong physics class to everyone (10th graders) in  my school as the result of a big curriculum redesign in science, and the first time back to teaching a course like this in a few years for me. I will try to update this blog with each of the new activities and changes as I have time. First up: the kinematics stacks of curves.

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Radon: A literature search for answers – submitted by Dave Gervais

The following article provides the results of a literature search of radon and its hazards of particular interest to high school science teachers.  The article was written by Dave Gervais, chair of STAO’s Safety Committee. Continue reading

Using a Van de Graaff generator – YouTube

From the Institute of Physics and the National STEM Learning Centre and Network (, this video is aimed at teachers and shows how to get the best out of a Van de Graaff generator. In the video, Michael de Podesta explains how the generator works and gives some tips on getting consistently good results when using the apparatus. The video concludes with a simple but effective demonstration of charge.