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Standing Waves-Superposition and Interference
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A study found that students who read about famous scientists' personal and intellectual struggles do better in their science classes. Librarians helped us put together a list of books that detail some of those struggles.
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A year long high school Physics course is important preparation for all college majors in science, engineering, and medicine, because students in these majors will all be required to earn credit in a year long college level Physics course. Some schools, like our military academies, require every student to earn credit in a year long Physics course, regardless of their major. Having taught college Physics, I’ve seen the inability to succeed in this course result in many broken dreams and changed majors.
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Physics education should begin from birth.
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A new book by Richard Felder and Rebecca Brent, Teaching and Learning STEM: A Practical Guide.  The first chapter is posted on this site. http://www4.ncsu.edu/unity/lockers/users/f/felder/public/TeachSTEM/TeachSTEM.html

Some other recent books related to teaching college STEM courses include:

Teach Students How to Learn by Saundra McGuire
https://sty.presswarehouse.com/books/BookDetail.aspx?productID=441430#
Here are resources from that book, including a video presentation to students from the author:
https://styluspub.presswarehouse.com/Titles/TeachStudentsHowtoLearn.aspx

Reaching Students: What Research Says About Effective Instruction in Undergraduate Science and Engineering
http://www.nap.edu/catalog/18687/reaching-students-what-research-says-about-effective-instruction-in-undergraduate
that book is free to download, as are other books from the National Academies Press. Here are other books related to highered STEM education from them: http://www.nap.edu/topic/348/education/higher-education

The Math Myth: And Other STEM Delusions
http://www.amazon.com/The-Math-Myth-Other-Delusions/dp/1620970686

Taking College Teaching Seriously, Pedagogy Matters!: Fostering Student Success Through Faculty-Centered Practice Improvement 
http://www.amazon.com/College-Teaching-Seriously-Pedagogy-Matters/dp/1620360802

Peer-led Team Learning: Origins, Research and Practice
http://linusbooks.com/?wpsc-product=1389-2
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"Teacher Toolkits provide teachers with a collection of resources that are ideal for planning standards-based, multimedia lessons and units. We've combed the web and selected some of the best, most professional simulations, videos, and other tools that complement the resources present at The Physics Classroom. Our hope is that teachers who use The Physics Classroom with their classes will find a Toolkit to be a convenient tool for planning engaging lessons and units. Each resource on every Toolkit is organized into a category (simulation, video and animations, problems, etc.) and annotated. We've also taken the time to identify NGSS and Common Core standards that coordinate with the resources found in our Toolkits. "
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The Physics Classroom has a new Interactive with a great story-line that kids will enjoy. It goes like this:

Hey Physics fans! Birdman is making a mess on our football field, spraying bird turds all over our turf. Now Physics students can save the day (and the turf) by capturing the turds before they splatter on the field. Complete the challenge in as little time as possible and you'll be rewarded with the best badges that the Principal offers. Try it now at The Physics Classroom: http://www.physicsclassroom.com/Physics-Interactives/Vectors-and-Projectiles/Turd-the-Target

And for added incentive: encourage your students to take a screenshot of their best completion time and post it to Twitter with hashtag #TTTScore. Enjoy.

Special thanks to +Chris Bruce (of Nerd Island Studios and SimBucket) for putting this gem together.
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Rheostat 
Rheostat is a variable resistor, which is used to control the flow of electric current by manually increasing or decreasing the resistance.
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App "3D molecules edit & test".

Royal Society of Chemistry :"Eight great apps for chemistry teachers!"
Posted by: David Sait
"There are lots of chemistry apps out there, but which ones are actually worth installing?
We asked teachers for their recommendations, what they use in the classroom and which apps they recommend to students.
Here's what they suggested, with some favourites of our own."
4. 3D molecules edit & test It's designed for students to draw structures, view them as 3D models, visualise atomic orbitals and see electronic effects.
There's also a test mode that's useful for self-assessment – students construct inorganic and organic compounds, and hints are available if they get stuck.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/3d-molecules-edit-test/id907400810?mt=8
http://www.rsc.org/blogs/eic/2015/09/mobile-apps-chemistry-teachers-students #chemistry #stem #molecules #ipad #Mac #3dprinting
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Over the past few years, the author and his wife have served as teachers, qualified scientists, mentors, and/or parents on dozens of science projects assisting students ranging from elementary school projects that can be completed in a weekend to high school and college freshmen projects that take a semester or year to complete and yield published scholarly papers and/or compete at the highest national and international levels. This article describes what we have observed to be important to success.
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"We are partnering directly with NASA missions to develop citizen science projects that help expand what science they can accomplish. We’re working with Mercury MESSENGER, the Dawn Mission, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, New Horizons, and the Space Telescope Science Institute to build a series of projects that map the surfaces of rocky worlds and explore the atmospheres of planets and small bodies the solar system over."
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