Providing Inexpensive Lab Apparatus to High School Physics Labs Using Recycled Components

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Mena Issa (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP )
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William Brandon

Abstract: Many people think of Science and Mathematics upon hearing the term STEM, while in reality this term includes Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Therefore, it is crucial to implement STEM Education within the educational system as early as high school. The reasons behind the need for STEM Education are discussed according to Reeve’s point of view. Also, the six characteristics that are required for any great STEM lesson are discussed as mentioned in Jolly’s article. Although a solid physics curriculum can provide a foundation for the integration of the STEM areas, it is often ignored by students in high school. One of the reasons for this is the lack of funding which leads to the shortage of physics lab apparatus available for the students to apply learned concepts. The focus of the service learning project is to provide an example of how inexpensive and recycled components could be used in the assembly of physics lab apparatus that would otherwise cost a lot of money to purchase.

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Honors Project
Esther G. Maynor Honors College
Language: English
Date: 2017
STEM Education, High Schools, Education Funding, Physics Lab Apparatus, Service Learning, Civic Engagement

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