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Aquaponics as a Way of Integrating Science Curricula

Aquaponics is the combination of the raising of fish (aquaculture) and growing plants without soil (hydrophonics). Come and see how a system such as this can be a practical way to tie together concepts between biology, chemistry, and physics. This is the first year that The Geneva School has used such a project. Find out […]

Slaying the “Cram, Test, Forget” Dragon

There are significant benefits to building an upper school science sequence around an introductory physics course in 9th grade. On the other hand, there are serious weaknesses and missed opportunities associated with the common practice of placing all students in biology in 9th grade. In this seminar we will explore the physics-first sequence in detail […]

Course Sequencing for Upper School Science

There are significant benefits to building an upper school science sequence around an introductory physics course in 9th grade. On the other hand, there are serious weaknesses and missed opportunities associated with the common practice of placing all students in biology in 9th grade. In this seminar we will explore the physics-first sequence in detail […]

What Hath Biology To Do With Physics

In contemporary schools we often imagine that all the natural sciences fit neatly together. Casual observers sometimes assume that the scientific approach offers a simple methodology which must only be applied in each subject. But woe to the headmaster who asks a young biology teacher to tackle a senior physics class or requests a physics […]

Better Physics Experiments: Cheap, Fun, and Solid

While laboratory experiments in biology routinely capture students’ imaginations, traditional workbook experiments in physics can be very frustrating. Equipment tends to work poorly, equipment costs can be high, students have a hard time understanding the artificial equipment, and students often are not enthusiastic about the dreary experiments. In this workshop we will review a number […]

The Rhetoric of Physics

Why would you want to analyze how scientists write… don’t they just report their hypotheses and experimental results? Not at all, argues Alan Gross in The Rhetoric of Science; beneath the the veneer of objectivity resides a fierce struggle to gain followers for a particular viewpoint or to claim precedences for a discovery. How scientists […]