Sunday, June 24, 2012

Teachers taking physics lesson - The Desert Sun

RIVERSIDE â€" A weeklong workshop beginning Monday at University of California, Riverside will feature 21 local high school teachers learning the latest in physics research.

The fifth annual UCR Summer Physics Academy intends to train and equip high school teachers with practical and conceptual physics lessons, hands-on activities, curriculum and technology to use in their classrooms.

The workshop, hosted by the UCR Department of Physics and Astronomy, aims to reach out to local high school students, through their teachers, in an effort to encourage them to learn physics, build and maintain interest in attending college and majoring in physics, and prepare them for college physics courses. The 21 high school teachers will work with 14 faculty members in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

“We had 61 applicants from all over Southern California,” said Leonid Pryadko, an associate professor of physics and astronomy, and the primary organizer of the academy.

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