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Attracting Students to Science With Magnets!
My students need a Gaussian Accelerator, bar magnets, batteries and a compass to perform exciting and engaging investigations in our new electricity and magnetism unit.
We are a small alternative public school, part of a district which serves 11,000 students in 21 schools. As my program serves such a small number of students in a non-traditional setting, it is a challenge to get the necessary resources to provide the same learning experiences as the traditional schools.
Many of our students are disengaged, yet they have such great potential and a desire for success that they have not experienced in the past.
Chronic absenteeism, multiple suspensions, failed classes - just a few of the issues they have faced in the past. Yet, they are eager, creative and hopeful that they can find success in the future. Our mission is to provide the academic, social and emotional support they need to re-engage in school and find success in high school and beyond.
We are small, with three teachers serving 24 students, and we are mighty, working tirelessly to ensure each one gets the support they need to get back on track. But our small budget makes it difficult to get the supplies and resources necessary to provide an engaging and rigorous environment in which our students can learn and grow.
Adopting the Next Generation Science Standards means a shift toward phenomenon-based learning in science. These materials will allow students to experience first hand the many intriguing and amazing phenomena related to electricity and magnetism.
Students will use these resources to engage in exciting, hands-on activities and investigations.
They will use the Coils and Lenz's Law Apparatus to study induction; watch as iron filings in the mag field demonstrators align themselves along the magnetic field lines of bar magnets; and examine the strength of magnetic forces with the Gaussian Accelerator. The Electroscope will demonstrate how static charges can produce attractive or repulsive forces.
I strive to create a rich and meaningful science experience for my students, but with a limited budget, I struggle to provide the resources. These resources will enable my students to engage in hands-on activities and provide opportunities to investigate and think deeply about puzzling phenomenon.
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