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Abstract Title: The Physics Van Program: Supporting the Needs of Chicago Area Physics Teachers
Abstract: During the past seven years, Chicago State University, through its Physics Van Program, has worked with many Chicago area high school physics students and their teachers. The Physics Van Program provides both intellectual support and access to laboratory equipment. Intellectual support is provided through a two-week summer in-service course that emphasizes research-based teaching methodology as well as instruction in the use of both basic and technology-based equipment. During the academic year, the Van Program allows teachers who have been participants to engage their students in the program activities by lending them the necessary equipment. Teachers who have been involved in the program have formed a network through which they can share common goals, discuss the conceptual difficulties of their students, and pass on valuable teaching tips. In this poster, we present a description of the program and discuss how the collaborative nature of the project has informed the program's evolution.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Mel Sabella
Chicago State University
9501 S. ML King Dr
Chicago, IL 60628
Phone: 773-995-2172
Fax: 773-995-3809
and Co-Presenter(s)
Joel Hofslund
Chicago State University