Get Your Science On: Photon of the Opera – submitted by Joanne O’Meara

What’s Going On?

When a magnet is moved by a coil of wires, you can induce an electric current. This is the principle behind how most of the electricity is produced in the world; it’s just a question of where you get the energy to move the magnets. Every time a magnet passes the coil, a small amount of electricity is created, which makes the LED lights briefly flash on. Continue reading

The Math Behind Basketball’s Wildest Moves | Rajiv Maheswaran | TED Talks

Basketball is a fast-moving game of improvisation, contact and, ahem, spatio-temporal pattern recognition. Rajiv Maheswaran and his colleagues are analyzing the movements behind the key plays of the game, to help coaches and players combine intuition with new data. Bonus: What they’re learning could help us understand how humans move everywhere. Continue reading

Nobel Prize Lessons – Physics Prize 2018

Teacher’s guide This is a step-by-step timetable for the Nobel Prize Lesson about a 2018 Nobel Prize. This lesson package consists of four parts: a slide show with a speaker’s manuscript for the teacher, a student worksheet, two short videos and this teacher’s guide. The lesson is designed to take 45 minutes. Teacher’s_guide (PDF file 63K) […] Continue reading

Could the Earth be swallowed by a black hole? – TED Talk by Fabio Pacucci

From asteroids capable of destroying entire species to supernovae that could exterminate life on Earth, outer space has no shortage of forces that could wreak havoc on our planet. But there’s something in space that is even more terrifying than any of these — something that wipes out everything it comes near. Continue reading

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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