A few great physics education links

by Stephanie Chasteen on June 23, 2011

It’s time for shameless filler — good links that I’ve run across.  I always feel like it’s a cop-out to post these, but people tell me they really like them, so I guess I’ll stop feeling like a loser when I point to other peoples’ useful content.

21 Influential Females Every Science Student Should Know. A really nice compendium of smart science chicks, from Madame Curie to those lesser-known.

Want your own cloud chamber? This link was sent to be my its creator.  It works on electronic cooling (instead of the standard dry ice) —  here’s a complete How To on Instructables.  He says:  My hope is to sell a few units to science teachers / hobbyists.  Although I’d encourage anyone with the time / skills to actually build their own (or better yet – recruit some students to build them one).

Canopy in the Clouds. Need innovative earth and life science materials?  Check out this project.  It uses immersive multimedia from the tropical cloud forests in Costa Rica as a platform for life and earth science eduction.  A teacher writes: Their peer-reviewed resources are available to educators, students and the general public free of charge at our website: canopyintheclouds.com. This includes 26 lessons on topics ranging from science process skills to soil science to ecology.  They will also debut all the materials in Spanish this spring! The project is supported by funding from the National Geographic Society, the National Science Foundation, and the Tropical Science Center of Costa Rica.

SMILE. This collection of over 200 single-concept lessons in physics looks like a godsend!  Sorted by physics topic, you can glean from the collective wisdom of a bunch of teachers who have compiled these demonstrations and lessons. 
Of course, I always recommend the National Science Digital Library, too, though you’ll find more than just single-lessons there.

The Physics Stack. A great Q&A resource for educators, researchers and students. My friend writes about this one:  This is a follow-on to a wildly successful new-school web site for programmers to ask questions and get answers. They really re-thought web Q&A sites and solved the nasty problems with the classic terrible bulletin board & forum software out there.

Image from Tony Hudson

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