PTSOS Physics Equipment

$3,565 of $6,500 goal

Raised by 31 people in 29 months
Daniel Burns  LOS GATOS, CA
PTSOS is a workshop and support program for new high and middle school physics teachers in Northern California. We offer 3 all-day Saturday workshops during the school year. In addition to learning about the details of the craft of physics teaching from experienced teachers, participants receive continental breakfast, lunch, and physics equipment for them to use in their classroom. The PTSOS program is recognized as one of the most effective programs for training and retaining new physics teachers. It has been written about in The Physics Teacher journal (V51, p286, 2013) and a video of one of our sessions has over 41 million views.
The resources on our website and our email discussion group are used by hundreds of physics teachers. Unfortunately, our budget has been shrinking while costs are rising and the need for professional development for STEM teachers is critical. You donation will help us keep our program going for the 2017/18 school year. The $6500 will help us purchase some of the most useful physics equipment we give out. One is the Newton's Second Law apparatus that lets teachers show students what happens when you fire a projectile horizontally and drop one simultaneously. Another are the Colliding Spheres that shows the conversion of kinetic energy to thermal energy in a dramatic way. The third item that will be funded is a demonstration quality green laser . Please consider giving whatever amount you are comfortable with to help us continue this important program. The PTSOS team, the new physics teachers, and most important, their students, will be very grateful. All funds withdrawn by Dan Burns, then deposited directly into the account of the non-profit Northern California and Nevada American Association of Physics Teachers. Funds will then be used to reimburse workshop leaders after they submit receipts to the NCNAAPT treasurer. To help us make sure we use all of the funds this year please donate by the end of January, 2018.
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Update 4
Posted by Dan Burns
23 months ago
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The second PTSOS workshop was a huge success in large part to your generosity. Thanks again for the support. You can see the 40+ teachers appreciated the Colliding Spheres they received thanks to your donations. Our last workshop is 3/11.
Kinetic energy transforms into thermal
How Colliding Spheres work
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Update 3
Posted by Dan Burns
28 months ago
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The first PTSOS workshop was a huge success, thanks for making it possible. Our second one will be in January, please keep spreading the word about our fundraising campaign.
Having a Blast at PTSOS
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Update 2
Posted by Dan Burns
28 months ago
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Thanks to everyone who has donated and spread the word about our fund raiser for new physics teachers. We have raised enough to support our first workshop on 9/17. Please watch the video for details on the difference you have made so far. Share it with your friends.
Bullet Shot and Bullet Dropped Demo
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Update 1
Posted by Dan Burns
29 months ago
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I never would have guessed we would be at 25% of our goal in only 4 days. Thanks to everyone who has supported us with contributions and for spreading the word of our campaign.
PTSOS teachers using static electricity
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Ashley Charlesworth
29 months ago
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Go uncle Dan I will ask my mom for a donation.

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Prafulla
29 days ago

The whole experiment showing spacetime fabric and how gravity works has a basic flaw...the mass doesn't come from outside the universe or as in the experiment your space time fabric. Everything in this universe has arisen from space time fabric itself. So the mass you are putting from outside is not correct. Mass should arise from twisting your space time fabric...it will automatically create gravitational fields...infact my theory is that all matter has arisen by super twisting of space time fabric...& As we twist it more it finally tears from rest of fabric...creating a black hole.

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Ashley Charlesworth
29 months ago

Go uncle dan

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$3,565 of $6,500 goal

Raised by 31 people in 29 months
Created August 11, 2016
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Jesse Larsen
21 days ago

This "teach the teachers" program intrigues me. A friend of mine graduated Los Gatos high school and I can appreciate the caliber of instruction there. I donated because just this morning I was thinking about how a lack of practical demonstration can lead students to being overwhelmed with tedious calculations. In my particular case, no one ever told me that the "free return" path of the Apollo program was based on an ellipse. As another example, a cousin of mine, who was an A-student in high school but dropped out of college before year two, excelled when he pursued an Airframe and Powerplant technician degree, he because the practical application of Boyle's law and electricity was realized for him quickly in the curriculum. Maybe showing students physics like orbital systems and how to calculate "free return orbits" will prevent tedium attrition. I hope so.

GT
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varun kashyap
5 months ago

Watched your Gravity Visualization video . I wish some one could have taught me this way when I was in School. I would be honored to contribute to help this initiative.

$200
James Gosling
9 months ago
$100
bill taylor
13 months ago
$100
David Marasco
13 months ago
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Bill Taylor
17 months ago
SC
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Scott Chan
23 months ago

A must-do for any newbie physics teacher

BT
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bill taylor
23 months ago
Ashley Charlesworth
29 months ago
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Go uncle Dan I will ask my mom for a donation.

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Prafulla
29 days ago

The whole experiment showing spacetime fabric and how gravity works has a basic flaw...the mass doesn't come from outside the universe or as in the experiment your space time fabric. Everything in this universe has arisen from space time fabric itself. So the mass you are putting from outside is not correct. Mass should arise from twisting your space time fabric...it will automatically create gravitational fields...infact my theory is that all matter has arisen by super twisting of space time fabric...& As we twist it more it finally tears from rest of fabric...creating a black hole.

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Ashley Charlesworth
29 months ago

Go uncle dan

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