Web Watch

sleek computers on tableCarl Mungan, United States Naval Academy

A list of the top science stories of 2015 as chosen by CBC Quirks & Quarks is at http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/the-top-science-stories-of-2015-bob-mcdonald-1.3377063.

Animations of engines including Stirling and jet propulsion are online at http://www.animatedengines.com/.

The concept of classroom whiteboard speed dating is creatively described by Kelly O’Shea on her blog at https://kellyoshea.wordpress.com/2012/01/22/whiteboard-speed-dating/.

The Jet Propulsion Lab has a great collection of poster graphics at http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/infographics/infographic.list.php.

Symmetry Magazine explores the world of particle physics, published jointly by Fermilab and SLAC.

CyberPhysics has loads of graphical materials for middle and high school physics.

HowStuffWorks is split into various categories of science and engineering, with individual pages often introduced by a provocative question.

Want to try video analysis but don’t have any good clips to experiment with? Browse the Direct Measurement Videos project at https://serc.carleton.edu/dmvideos.

The website http://stem-works.com/ has STEM articles and activities for teachers and parents.

AT&T has archives of a large number of historical technological films at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDB8B8220DEE96FD9.

Trying to remove your personal information from web services? A huge directory with links and instructions is online at http://justdelete.me.

The National Science Teachers Association has a list of freebies for science teachers at http://www.nsta.org/publications/freebies.aspx.

A nifty schlieren video of the sound of a hand clap is presented at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=px3oVGXr4mo&feature=youtu.be.

The National Nanotechnology Initiative has an educational webpage at http://www.nano.gov/education-training.

Screencasts of Paul Hewitt presenting Conceptual Physics can be found at http://www.hewittdrewit.com/iWeb/list.html.

The American Institute of Physics has collected together statistical data related to education and employment online at https://www.aip.org/statistics?dm_i=1ZJE,3MO5P,KVUYI4,D1PPP,1.

The website http://www.yummymath.com/ isn’t just about fun math, but also science and engineering, with direct applications to everyday life.

Free software to set up clickers using smart phones, iPads, laptops, and similar devices can be found at http://webclicker.org/.

Dan Schroeder has compiled an eye-opening list of physics textbook prices at http://dvschroeder.blogspot.com/2015/12/textbook-price-pandemonium.html.

Finally a video of a sonic tractor beam can be watched at http://news.sciencemag.org/physics/2015/10/researchers-create-sonic-tractor-beam.

Disclaimer – The articles and opinion pieces found in this issue of the APS Forum on Education Newsletter are not peer refereed and represent solely the views of the authors and not necessarily the views of the APS.