Burnham, Nancy A.
Active learning strategies, including hands-on activities and lab work, have proved to be beneficial to student comprehension and success in physics classrooms. Only 47% of high school physics classes are taught by a teacher with a degree in physics. This project aims to design three modular, inexpensive, and demonstrative lab modules in introductory mechanics that are easy to implement and should enhance student knowledge in friction, conservation of energy, and torque, because students show weakness in these areas. Other WPI physics students tested the lab kits, and then feedback on their efficacy was used to enhance the lab modules. In the future, another project will carry out these labs in a high school and suggest these lab modules to low-income schools.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Interactive Qualifying Project
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