June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
Engineering Physics & Physics
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A Compact Device for Hands-‐on Instruction in General Physics Research from the past three decades has found that an interactive engagement approach to teaching the sciences which involves physical interaction with systems helps students build effective mental models. Our team of engineering students has developed a novel tabletop teaching device designed to help incoming students solidify and retain knowledge of first-‐term General Physics in an iterative manner. The design is informed by a pedagogical model based on giving students open-‐ended problems that require a network of conceptual knowledge. This hybrid hands-‐on and inductive model could increase student motivation to more deeply understand concepts that have often been difficult to learn. Almost every concept in first-‐term General Physics has been incorporated into the design of the device, allowing for high curriculum mobility in an inexpensive and compact apparatus. A prototype device has been partially integrated into X University’s existing Physics with Calculus Workshop curriculum, being used in three of nine weekly sessions. At the end of the term, anonymous questionnaires will be used to gauge student interest in the device as a learning and motivation tool in the workshop environment, informing future research and development of the device. The data from the student surveys will also be used to create a more formal assessment of student knowledge gains. A second prototype is under development, and will be more fully integrated into the workshop model if responses suggest that learning could be improved. A novel aspect of this work is that the hands-‐on device was conceived, developed, fabricated and tested entirely by undergraduate engineering students. Another distinctive feature is that an Arduino microcontroller provides the data collection and control of the apparatus, allowing for great curriculum mobility.
Sharpe, T., & Qin, G., & Recktenwald, G. W. (2015, June), A Compact Device for Inductive Instruction in General Physics Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23362
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