Curriculum Design & Interdisciplinary Content - October 22, 2011
Matt D’Amato - Hunter College High School, Manhattan
Vance Condie - Dalton School, Manhattan
SUMMARY: How do we engage students in the study of physics so it is relevant to their lives and sticks with them through school, career, and beyond? One answer to this question is to develop interdisciplinary units of study that include physics concepts as an integral component. This workshop will provide time to study the development of several curricular examples that include essential physics concepts. We will also have time to share interdisciplinary efforts experienced by participants – and to consider how those efforts treated physics (or science) as compared to a traditional unit of study in one discipline. The topics below are initial ideas provided by the organizers, but we encourage you to come with experiences and/or examples of interdisciplinary physics curriculum that work well for your students.
Curricular Examples (real experiences in NYC public and non-public schools):
Physics & Urban Sustainability: Including concepts in Motion, Force, Energy, and Momentum; how students learn physics through a study of their changing neighborhoods and the future of their city.
Energy & Climate: Including concepts in thermal and mechanical energy. How students learn physics through a study of the science and psychology of a most pressing issue in environmental science.
Logical Reasoning and the Ancient Greeks: Including concepts in critical thinking skills, geometry, and astronomy. How students learn physics through a study of the dawn of scientific thought.
Wind Power for Students
Motors and Generators
Introduction to Energy Concepts
Wind Turbine Technology
Wind Turbine Blade Design