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Energy: Stop Faking It!

The presenter used this simulation from the Energy Science Objects to describe the concept of temperature. This Web Seminar took place on May 5, 2009, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Dr. Bill Robertson, NSTA Press Author of the popular series Stop Faking It! Understanding Science So You Can Teach It. In this seminar Dr. Robertson focused the discussion on concepts of Work, Energy, and Simple Machines.

This is the second of two Web Seminars scheduled as a follow-up to the Energy: Stop Faking It! Symposium that took place at the NSTA National Conference on Science Education in New Orleans, LA. In this program Dr. Robertson talked about simple machines by highlighting the lever and pulley. A prime focus of the presentation was the relationship between force and distance when a simple machine is applied. He used illustration examples from his book, NSTA Science Object simulations, and a variety of questions to help participants gain an appreciation for the concept of simple machines.

Forty-seven (47) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. Two participants attended the Web Seminar from countries outside the United States: South Korea and Canada.

Seminar participants received one of the NSTA SciGuides. A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants My PD Record and Certificates area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • “Deals both with my physics class as well as physical science.”

  • “Good examples for work.”

  • “Although I don't have to teach this, I found it to be valuable background information to enhance the area of force & motion that I do teach.”

  • “I teach around the topic of energy with earth and life science. This enhances the examples and words I use to explain energy in systems and added some ideas for quick refreshers for my students who have done simple machines in elementary but have not thought about energy since.”

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!


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