PHYSICS EDUCATION NEWS (PEN) May 1994, No. 2 An electronic newsletter of the AIP Education

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PHYSICS EDUCATION NEWS (PEN) May 1994, No. 2 An electronic newsletter of the AIP Education Division PROFESSIONALS SOUGHT FOR ASSISTANCE WITH RADIO SHOW The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is searching for professional educators, scientists, and engineers to volunteer as participants in the production of a science adventure series for children's radio. The program, "Kinetic City Super Crew," is aimed at 8 to 10-year-olds, but is designed for listening by the entire family. The show's story lines will be based on real-life experiences, including recent research and discoveries. Help is needed in the following areas: Topic development, script development, and the production of outreach materials. (For more information, contact: Kinetic City Super Crew, Professional Participant Program, 1333 H St., NW, Washington, DC 20005; 202-326-6647; 202-326-6630 (TDD); e-mail: kcsuper@aaas.org) COMPUTER ACCESSIBLE MOVIES SUPPLEMENT PHYSICS COURSES Robert W. Brown, a physics professor at Case Western Reserve University, has put movies of himself and his teaching assistants on the campus's computer network to assist students who want help outside the classroom. The movies, which run for less than two minutes each, show students how to solve the homework problems that they have found to be most difficult. Students like the system because they may not completely grasp an explanation the first time it is given, but may be too embarrassed to ask for help. Tapping into the campus network allows them to repeat the movies as often as necessary to comprehend the concepts. The movies are accessible to Case Western computer users, but not to people outside the campus. (For more information, contact: Mr. Robert Brown, Physics Department, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH 44160; 216-368-4010; e-mail: RWB@PO.CWRU.EDU) BOOKLET CONTAINS INFORMATION ON MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES CAREERS "Career Information in the Mathematical Sciences: A Resource Guide" is a free booklet listing career materials for parents, counselors, and teachers of students in grades K-12. It is published by the Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences. (For a free copy, contact: Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences, 1529 Eighteenth St., NW, Washington, DC 20036) NEW ELECTRONIC BULLETIN BOARD FOR SCIENCE EDUCATORS A new electronic bulletin board called IDEA (Inter-Disciplinary Education Access) will soon be available on the Internet. The bulletin board, created by the University of Massachusetts-Lowell in conjunction with the National Park Service, will focus on teaching about science, technology, and society from an interdisciplinary perspective, incorporating social studies and science education. IDEA will also list announcements of professional development institutes, training courses, and teacher workshops. Field testers are being sought to test IDEA. (For more information, contact: Cooperative Park Education Unit, c/o Tsongas Industrial History Center, 400 Foot of John St., Lowell, MA 01852; 508-970-5080) NATIONAL SCIENCE STANDARDS UPDATE The National Research Council's National Academy of Sciences, which is overseeing the development of national science education standards, has released what it calls a "Headline Summary" of the standards. The eight-page summary provides an organizational framework of the final standards document. The final draft of the standards will not be available until at least this Summer. Comments from the public will be accepted from late Summer through early Fall. The final document is expected by early 1995. (For a copy of the "Headline Summary," contact: National Committee on Science Education Standards and Assessment, National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council, HA 486, 2101 Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20418; 202-334-1399) ***************************** PEN is being published on a trial basis through December 31, 1994. Please tell us your opinion of PEN. To subscribe, send an email message to . Leave the "Subject" line blank. In the body of the message, enter the following command: . American Institute of Physics Education Division Contact: Mr. Tracy Schwab 301-209-3007, tschwab@aip.org *****************************

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