My students need a camera with video capabilities to perform physics video experiments using the Vernier software system and to attach to my telescope, lent to us by Columbia University, and take pictures of the stars.
My students are from low income sections of the Bronx, NY and most qualify for free or reduced-price meals. Many students are new to the United States, but all have a natural curiosity and desire to experience new things.
My students love to engage in hands-on activities and experience concepts by seeing them in action.
I teach many different math and science classes including physics, chemistry, math, engineering, and computer science. Learning by doing is very important for my students, especially in light of their limited experiences with science and basic technology.
I recently acquired software from Vernier that provides great ways for students to analyze projectile motion using video capture. We need a camera to use this software in my science and astronomy classes. The system is fantastic for demonstrating projectile motion and conservation of momentum.
This camera will allow me to use the Vernier software for physics demonstrations, and also allow my student take pictures of stars using our Celestron telescope, lent to us by Columbia University.
Columbia grad students generously trained us on how to setup and use the telescope. My students love to observe the sun, moon, and stars. I'd love to let them take home a picture of the stars they chose to observe, and to use the longer exposure time a camera can provide to bring out more detail in the field of view. The instructional technology in this tech project will open up many new possibilities for instruction.
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