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Gallis receives grant for physics animations

Dr.Michael Gallis
5/19/2009 —

Penn State Outreach has announced that Michael R. Gallis, assistant professor of physics has been selected as faculty lead of the Physics Asset Project.

The project centers around the development of curricular materials based on Gallis' animations for high school and introductory college level physic courses and disseminating these materials via the world wide web. The emphasis will be on addressing state and national standards.

Michael Gallis, Penn State Schuylkill Campus, has created over 200 animations for his courses at the undergraduate level. They can be seen at the project main page at http:phys23p.sl.psu.edu/phys_anim/Phys_anim.htm and a searchable index is available at http://phys23p.sl.psu.edu/CWIS/index.php.

The animation project also has its own YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/mrg3.

Penn State Public Broadcasting (PSPB), will work with Gallis, a focus group of physics and Earth space high school teachers and professionals at WGBH's Teachers'  Domain to transform these animations into high school ready content. Some of the materials will be recast for teachers to include in presentation software such as Power Point, Blackboard and WebCT. Other materials will be redisigned to be manipulated by students, allowing them to change various parameters to see the effects.

WGBH's Teachers'  Domain is a nationally distributed digital library that has registered users in 64 percent of K-12 public schools in America and 176 countries around the world. PSPB has a partnership through Teachers' Domain called Keystone eMedia. Through this localized site, PSPB helps ensure that all materials meet Pennsylvania state academic standards as well as national science standards. PSPB's Keystone eMedia can be viewed at the following site;  http://www.wpsu.org/education/development/emedia.html.

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