Energy: Stop Faking It!

Temperature, Heat, and Heat Transfer!
The first of two web seminars on the topic of Energy: Stop Faking It! was held on Thursday, April 12, 2007, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time. The presenter was Dr. Bill Robertson, author of the popular NSTA Press series of books: Stop Faking It! In this seminar, Dr. Robertson talked about the concepts of temperature, heat, and heat transfer.

Dr. Robertson uses a simulation to explain the concept of heat transfer.

Fifty-six (56) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and the NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Two participants attended the seminar from Canada.

In this seminar Dr. Robertson talked about three important concepts in physical science: temperature, heat, and heat transfer. About temperature, he said that it is related to the average speed of the molecules in a substance. He also talked about gases and said that they do not necessarily expand when you heat them or contract when you cool them. All participants received a copy of NSTA's SciGuide about Energy, grades 5-8.

This web seminar was a repeat presentation from the one delivered on February 8, 2007.

Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:
  • "I oversee the professional development of 75 school districts in Missouri. This is a great resource that I can explain and also give to my teachers."
  • "I finally not only understood the concepts, but also how to explain them to others in a simple way, using understandable models."
  • "I gained a clearer understanding of the need to be precise in our vocabulary when addressing the issue of heat and energy."
  • "I just completed a unit on temperature and had a very difficult time helping my students understand heat vs. thermal energy. This helped, especially with input from other teachers."

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


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