Seeing Fast and Slow: Engaging undergraduate students in science through slow motion video recording

TitleSeeing Fast and Slow: Engaging undergraduate students in science through slow motion video recording
Faculty/College/UnitScience
StatusActive
Duration1 Year
Initiation04/01/2018
Project Summary

Engaging undergraduates in active learning is critical for advancing their scientific literacy, which plays increasingly bigger role in modern society. Introductory Physics-101 is one of our best platforms to achieve this goal. Yet because it examines fast-speed phenomena which cannot be seen by the naked eye (e.g. acoustic vibrations), keeping the students engaged is challenging. We propose to use our newly acquired high-speed camera for in-class demonstrations of fast phenomena that are impossible to visualize and analyze otherwise. In-class recorded slow motion videos will also be used in labs and homework assignments. They will be incorporated in science methods courses at UBC Teacher Education to train future secondary science teachers on novel, previously inaccessible technologies. This innovative project will launch new collaborations between the Faculties of Science and Education and complement our recently completed successful TLEF-funded resource of K-12 videotaped science experiments used by hundreds of Teacher-Candidates and practicing teachers.

Funding Details
Year 1: Project YearYear 1
Year 1: Funding Year2018/2019
Year 1: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 1: Principal InvestigatorValery Milner
Year 1: Funded Amount48,182
Year 1: Team Members

Valery Milner, Associate Professor, Physics and Astronomy, Faculty of Science
Marina Milner-Bolotin, Associate Professor, Curriculum and Pedagogy, Faculty of Education

Year 1: TLEF ShowcaseYear 1: TLEF Showcase