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Grant Spotlight: Physics Modeling Equipment

November 16, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Spotlight - Grants

In October of 2017, the Foundation purchased physics modeling equipment for use in classroom instruction.  The equipment allowed honors physics students to model various scenarios involving force, mass, and acceleration.  In one set of experiments, small groups constructed scenarios dealing with different constants and variables.  For example, one group kept the force constant while increasing mass, while another kept the mass constant and varied the force.  The students collected and graphed their results, which Mr. Sailer will incorporate into a culminating lesson.

Mr. Sailer has also pursued continuing education opportunities for himself with the help of the Foundation.  This past summer, he attended an intensive physics modeling work    shop, and this fall, he has enrolled in a mechanical modeling class.  Both expenses were offset by funds from the Foundation as part of our effort to enhance professional development opportunities for MLWGS faculty members.  Donate to the 2017-18 Annual Fund to support this and other academic enhancements for Governor’s School students.

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