COLLEGE PARK, Md., April 13, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) announced that it was selected, in partnership with lead organization STEMteachersNYC, and the American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA), to receive a $195,000 grant from 100Kin10. The grant will fund equip physics teachers with the skills and curriculum needed to integrate computational thinking into their classrooms with leaders from the Bootstrap project.
The project, entitled "Modeling Physics, Computational Thinking, & Bootstrap," helps students understand basic physics concepts by incorporating computer programming as a key tool for building models of the physical world. Targeted to ninth-grade Physics First courses, in which every student is expected to take physics, this initiative combats a root cause of inequality of opportunity in pursuing STEM careers: disparate access to quality teaching in middle and high school.
Rebecca Vieyra, AAPT K-12 Program Manager shared, "We are excited to be a partner in this grant, because we recognize that computational modeling is a vital 21st century skill for students. We look forward to the standard inclusion of computational modeling in introductory physics curricula, especially in Physics First courses where we can guarantee that all students get exposure to these experiences."
Maya Lundhagen, 100Kin10 Co-Founder and Director of Partner Commitments and Growth stated, "We chose to fund this project from among many applicants because of its integrated solution to the challenge of eliminating barriers to computer science and engineering. Bringing together the expertise of three of our partners and a fourth collaborator is a real source of strength, and we look forward to success in ninth-grade classrooms across NY State."
The project will be led by STEMteachersNYC, an organization dedicated to training teachers to use highly-effective teaching methodologies to get students engaged in mastering critical STEM subjects. STEMteachersNYC, in affiliation with the AMTA, trains teachers to be effective at bringing Modeling InstructionTM to their classrooms. STEMteachersNYC, AAPT, and AMTA are all members of 100Kin10, a coalition that unites the nation's top academic institutions, nonprofits, foundations, companies, and government agencies to educate and retain 100,000 excellent STEM teachers by 2021.
The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) is the national professional organization of physics educators. The AAPT was established in 1930 with the goal of ensuring the dissemination of knowledge of physics, particularly by ways of teaching. Learn more about the AAPT at http://aapt.org/
SOURCE American Association of Physics Teachers