PHYS 501 Contemporary Physics for Teachers
9 - July 21, 2006
This is a two-credit lecture and laboratory course open to high school physics teachers new to CIPT. Lectures will be given by Dr. Monica Plisch and other Cornell faculty on topics including: atomic-scale imaging, the Standard Model, integrated circuits, x-ray diffraction of biomolecules, and light emitting diodes. Hands-on activities developed by Cornell scientists working with teachers will be presented by teachers. Lab activities include: building a water analogy to electric circuits, observing subatomic particles with a cloud chamber, mapping a hidden "molecule," and converting electrical energy to light with LEDs. The course follows a theme of science inquiry, and activities are tied to the NYS Physics Core Curriculum where possible.
PHYS 502 Everyday Physics
July 23 - July 28, 2006
This is a one-credit lecture and laboratory course open to CIPT alumni and other high school physics teachers. The course will be organized around daily themes that may include atomic games, physics with water, and discrepant events. Lectures will be given by Dr. Monica Plisch and other Cornell faculty; hands-on activities developed by Cornell scientists working with teachers will be presented by teachers. Lab activities may include: a pinball game analogy to the Bohr model, interference in thin films, projectile motion with water, and energy conversion in a mousetrap. Activities are tied to the NYS Physics Core Curriculum where possible.
Applicants must currently teach at least one period of high school physics per day or give workshops for physics teachers on an on-going basis. Applicants with tenure are preferred.
Tuition, Stipend, and Housing
Tuition and fees for both courses are paid by CIPT. Participants are housed in one of Cornell's residence halls and receive a stipend of $300 per week, parking, all weekday breakfasts, and some lunches and dinners.
You may apply for one or both courses. In addition to your completed application, the materials listed befow must be submitted by March 1, 2006. (If you intend to apply late, please contact Linda Clougherty, 607-255-9434, by March 1, 2006.)
A statement of purpose explaining your reasons for interest in the program and ways in which the experience will benefit your students
- A resume that includes a list of conferences, workshops, and courses attended in the past three years
- Two letters of recommendation from a professional colleague or school administrator. In additional, you may submit an optional recommendation letter from a student.
Please complete the entire application form at Application Form, print it, sign it, have it signed by your principal, and send it along with the required support documents to:
Center for Nanoscale Systems
632 Clark Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
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