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by shawn
Thu Jun 14, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: Lesson Plans
Topic: Ways to represent energy transfers
Replies: 0
Views: 543

Ways to represent energy transfers

I'm going to update this draft with references and images, please bear with me. Energy Bar Graphs See Etkina and all. Physics of Everyday Thinking Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Energy Transfer Model Boxes for each system, say Sun and car, containing bracketed changes in indicators, s...
by shawn
Fri May 04, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: X-Band motion detection
Replies: 0
Views: 684

X-Band motion detection

The Lending Library at EnergyTeachers.org has recently acquired a SimplyTronics X-Band Motion Detector (XBMD). http://simplytronics.com/products/ST-00018 The device is commonly used to detect motion of any object within 10 meters, using doppler shifted reflections of its transmitted radio. Radio wav...
by shawn
Thu Mar 22, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Equipment
Topic: Mini-grants for equipment in Massachusetts
Replies: 0
Views: 837

Mini-grants for equipment in Massachusetts

Educators who are members of Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers (MAST) can apply for five $200 awards for re-usable equipment like the tools we study here at EnergyTeachers.org. For example $200 could help purchase an excellent solar cooker for safely baking cupcakes and engaging students...
by shawn
Sat Mar 10, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Field Trips
Topic: Renewable Energy Field Trips near Rochester NY
Replies: 1
Views: 4798

Re: Renewable Energy Field Trips near Rochester NY

Imaginarium opened in Irondequoit this winter (2018). My brother went there today. It has many interesting features and exhibits, and gives tours.
https://imaginarium.i-square.us
Imaginarium water wheel Rochester NY800.jpg
A water wheel at Imaginarium Rochester, photo by Tobias Hirsch
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by shawn
Thu Nov 03, 2016 12:35 am
Forum: Workshop Notes
Topic: Circuits for teaching science workshop
Replies: 0
Views: 3121

Circuits for teaching science workshop

This is a discussion for anyone who has taken any of our circuits workshops. Feel free to ask questions or make comments on the workshop. Handy links Shawn's introduction to circuits for the purpose of learning about other science: http://shawnreeves.net/wiki/index.php?title=Circuits_for_teaching_ph...
by shawn
Fri Oct 21, 2016 1:44 pm
Forum: Open Forum
Topic: Why should physics courses discuss energy production and use?
Replies: 0
Views: 1842

Why should physics courses discuss energy production and use?

Why should physics courses discuss energy production and use? Students are interested in energy. Some students who would not otherwise be interested in physics would be interested. Students might want to study energy science and engineering and policy in college The general population needs more in...
by shawn
Wed Aug 10, 2016 5:34 pm
Forum: Lesson Plans
Topic: teaching energy
Replies: 3
Views: 5906

Re: teaching energy

I took a workshop at the American Association of Physics Teachers conference last month, and we explored an activity where groups of four students kept tabs on energy at the surface, lower atmosphere, and higher atmosphere, as the emissivity in far IR of the lower and upper atmospheres increased due...
by shawn
Wed Jul 20, 2016 9:56 pm
Forum: Workshop Notes
Topic: Solar Cookers for Learning about Materials, Energy, Sensing, and Society 2016 07 16 AAPT W45
Replies: 2
Views: 1683

Temperature over time, rice cooker

Here's the output from our HOBO temperature datalogger which was sitting in our rice in the black enameled covered steel pan, on a stand, in a roasting bag, inside the panel cooker. You can see we set the pan to cook at 11:06, we reached pasteurization temperature at about 11:12, and were approachin...
by shawn
Mon Jul 18, 2016 12:45 pm
Forum: Workshop Notes
Topic: Solar Cookers for Learning about Materials, Energy, Sensing, and Society 2016 07 16 AAPT W45
Replies: 2
Views: 1683

Re: Solar Cookers for Learning about Materials, Energy, Sensing, and Society 2016 07 16 AAPT W45

Solar Cookers International wants you to know that there is a product of a curriculum working group that should be a good resource for you in using cookers to learn: Want to know how to inspire and educate the next generation of solar cookers? Expert science teacher Mary Buchenic will explain how so...
by shawn
Sat Jul 16, 2016 3:33 am
Forum: Workshop Notes
Topic: Solar Cookers for Learning about Materials, Energy, Sensing, and Society 2016 07 16 AAPT W45
Replies: 2
Views: 1683

Solar Cookers for Learning about Materials, Energy, Sensing, and Society 2016 07 16 AAPT W45

Workshop description as it appears in catalog Sacramento is the home of Solar Cookers International, a longstanding research and advocacy organization that has been disseminating designs and practices for solar cooking. EnergyTeachers.org is a network of educators interested in energy production an...
by shawn
Wed Jun 08, 2016 1:31 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Shawn Reeves, physics teacher
Replies: 1
Views: 6146

Re: Shawn Reeves, physics teacher

Update I am teaching electronics labs at Babson College part time, active in American Association of Physics Teachers, and have received some special experience since 2006. Since then I developed Green Dollhouse Challenge, taught several courses to a home school cooperative in Ithaca, New York, and...
by shawn
Tue May 17, 2016 9:00 am
Forum: Field Trips
Topic: Help needed: review and add trips from EIA
Replies: 0
Views: 1714

Help needed: review and add trips from EIA

The US DOE EIA has a list of field trips that we need to review before adding to our own guide. For each site we need to know whether field trips are still available, whether we already have an entry on the site in our own guide, and whether there is any more information that would be useful for pla...
by shawn
Fri Apr 22, 2016 1:38 pm
Forum: Field Trips
Topic: Tours of NedPower/Shell/Dominion wind projects at Mt. Storm West Virginia?
Replies: 0
Views: 1270

Tours of NedPower/Shell/Dominion wind projects at Mt. Storm West Virginia?

3rd grade students at Pendleton, West Virginia want to know whether they can tour the NedPower wind turbine farms at Mt. Storm. Rodney Ludwig, Power Generation Operations & Maintenance Trainer, is currently in charge of tours to Mt. Storm's fossil fuel plant, and is finding whether there are any pos...
by shawn
Thu Apr 21, 2016 4:55 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Handy and affordable equipment
Replies: 1
Views: 1833

Re: Handy and affordable equipment

I met representatives for three manufacturers of oscilloscopes and similar electronic test equipment at the Embedded Systems Conference in Boston last week. Siglent produces very low-cost oscilloscopes that they say are used by many educational institutions. http://www.siglentamerica.com/index.aspx ...
by shawn
Thu Apr 21, 2016 2:24 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Handy and affordable equipment
Replies: 1
Views: 1833

Handy and affordable equipment

Please reply to this topic with requests for and experiences with equipment for teaching electronics.

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