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Mr. Hungerford from Gilroy CA is requesting technology through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

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05/04/15... May the Fourth (or was that Force) be with us.

My students need Dual Range Force Sensors to perform experiments in the Physics Classroom.

  • $320 goal

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My Students

One of the greatest things about being a science teacher, is being able to get our students out of their desks and actually experiment with the topics we are discussing. To be able to go beyond the discussion, and see their faces as they discover what is going on in the world around them is great.

My school is a large high school (1400 students) in a rural area.

The older, and now smaller, of two comprehensive high schools in my district. We are a growing school, and the Physics classes are getting larger, so the need for quality materials is becoming critical. My students are predominately second language, and most (about 70%) qualify for free lunch. But these students are great. Many do not have parents who have gone to college, so a major focus of our school is in preparing students to think about going on with education after high school.

My Project

Dual Range Force Sensors, well the name really wraps up what they are and what they do. But, there is so much more. Yes the Dual Range Force Sensors just measure the force imparted to them, but how we are able to transform that basic ability into learning is what is really important. We use these sensors in a variety of labs when we work with Newtonian mechanics each year. Pushing and pulling, exploding and colliding, these sensors are used to collect the data of the interaction. The dual range nature allows us to measure forces as small as 0.01 Newtons, to as large as 50 Newtons. The force sensors are used in many activities in class including: replacing our old and inaccurate hand-held spring scales; getting mounted (horizontally) on a dynamics cart to study collisions; getting mounted (vertically) on a ring-stand to measure forces such as the tension in hanging objects; two sensors can even be connected together to collect data simultaneously when we study Newton's Third Law.

I don't want to force the issue, but the study of forces, and all of Newtonian Mechanics, is a large part of our physics class.

Being able to quickly and accurately measure force will lead to a much deeper understanding of how force is part of our everyday lives. Having these force sensors will help us master the force. May the FORCE be with us...

Mr. Hungerford
Grades 9-12

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Force Sensor Dual-Range� • Sargent-Welch $109.09 2 $218.18

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