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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Science education prize goes to Open Source Physics By John Timmer


Science education prize goes to Open Source Physics
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reference:

http://arstechnica.com/science/news/2011/11/science-education-prize-goes-to-open-source-physics.ars

Collision Cart model http://weelookang.blogspot.com/2010/06/ejs-open-source-java-applet-1d.html


Quote:

In an attempt to raise the profile of worthwhile science education projects, Science magazine has started handing out the Science Prize for Online Resources in Education, or SPORE. This week's award is going to a project called Open Source Physics. Started by a group of college professors, the site offers simulation software on a wide variety of topics in the physical sciences (including astronomy), accompanied by guides and lesson plans that help integrate it into the classroom.
The software available on the site, as its name implies, all comes with the source code; it's written in Java so it will work across platforms. There are also libraries that take care of a lot of the heavy lifting for physics: drawing and plotting, differential equation solvers, exporting to animated GIFs and movies, etc., all available under the GPL for others to use to create their own simulations.
Setting up a useful site has been a learning experience for the people behind it; in accepting the SPORE, they write, "We learned that 'freely available on the Internet' is not enough. The process of establishing and cultivating an active international community that shares new simulations takes an ongoing commitment." That commitment seems to be paying off; the site is now serving over 10,000 visitors a month, which is pretty good for a fairly niche audience.
My thoughts:
This is awesome news! I used Google Alerts to learn about the latest happenings on the internet with the keyword "Easy Java Simulation" and on 26 Novemeber 2011, i got the email from Google Alerts. nice :)

Science education prize goes to Open Source Physics
Ars Technica
Started by a group of college professors, the site offers simulation software on a wide variety ... it's written in Java so it will work across platforms. ...

I agree that making the educational resources and curriculum tools 'freely available on the Internet' is a crucial step, i would even go so far as to say it is essential, just look at the password restricted website, has their resources been able to diffuse and help other teachers as intended? I think making things searchable by google is KEY to any outreach program.
A structure or policy that cannot be easily replicate by other big organizations perhaps due to the overwhelming concerns and fears of copyrights infringement, others or own, and uninspired political will to embrace the new 21st century world that we live in.

I am proud to say that "The process of establishing and cultivating an active international community that shares new simulations takes an ongoing commitment.", this is another NEXT STEP after "free access".
lookang and Brown Professor Wolfgang Christian @MPTL14 http://www.fisica.uniud.it/URDF/mptl14/how_to.htm a conference that i self financed to meet the giants of OSP!

lookang and Professor Francisco Esquembre @MPTL14 http://www.fisica.uniud.it/URDF/mptl14/how_to.htm a conference that i self financed to meet the giants of OSP!



You can browse through what i have actively contributing to the OSP community here on the OSP website.
http://www.compadre.org/osp/user/ProfileDisplay.cfm?ID=12664

Loo Kang WEE
Ministry of Education
1 North Buona Vista Drive
Singapore 138675 http://weelookang.blogspot.com/
Loo Kang WEE
Ministry of Education
1 North Buona Vista Drive
Singapore 138675

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Public Folders Electricity & Magnetism
lookang stack
Measurement
Modern Physics
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Accepted Submissions (6)
  1. Direct Current Electrical Motor Model
  2. Newton's Cradle Applet
  3. Learning with multiple representations: An example of a revision lesson in mechanics
  4. Lorentz force on a current carrying wire java applet
  5. Cyclotron in 3D Model
  6. Vernier calipers applet with many options for smallest division
there are some earlier submissions to Prof Wolfgang directly through emails like 
http://www.compadre.org/osp/search/search.cfm

1. Leveraging Easy Java Simulation for High School Curriculum  [ Conference Proceedings ]
This paper highlights the diverse possibilities in the rich community of educators from the Conceptual Learning of Science (CoLoS) and Open Source Physics (OSP) movement to engage,…
2. Vernier Caliper Model  [ Computer Program ]
The Vernier Caliper model shows the principle of operation and the physical parts of a Vernier Caliper. The Vernier calipers model has an object (Blue) for the internal jaws to…
7. Micrometer Model  [ Computer Program ]
The Micrometer Model shows the principle of operation and the physical parts of a real micrometer. Micrometers use a screw to amplify distances that are too small to measure directly…
8. Blackbody Radiation Spectrum Model  [ Computer Program ]
The Blackbody Radiation Spectrum model shows six fixed-temperature curves between Tmin and Tmax and a red variable-temperature curve that can be adjusted using a slider. The…
 
 Pending Submissions (2)
  1. Rotational Gimbal Model
  2. 1 D collision for analysis with Elastic and Inelastic Collision
Comments (28)
  1. Re: chance to release a trk file that is for version 4.6 now
  2. chance to release a trk file that is for version 4.5
  3. is this written in Ejs?
  4. supporting this paper on page 2
  5. awesome talk, wish i could be there!
  6. to download the jar file please visit http://www.phy.ntnu.edu.tw/ntnujava/index.php?topic=2195.0
  7. a remixed of this original simulation by Wolfgang Christian, Francisco Esquembre, and Mario Belloni
  8. thanks for your amazing simulation :)
  9. excellent way to learn A, T, v, lambda, omega, max transverse v
  10. great applet.
  11. i like the context of the black body diagram and the resultant color
  12. bug fixed here Ejs Open Source Motion of Charge Particle in Electric & Magnetic Field in 3D
  13. notice the electrons are space too near each other
  14. If Field Lines can be added, it would a great visualization tool
  15. the lesson design is fantastic!
  16. nice applet Andrew Duffy
  17. what it the cause of this runtime error?
  18. t/2 the actual period of the motion of the planets in years?
  19. great physics stuff! Ejs Hard Disk Gas Model
  20. Thanks for sharing!
  21. Re: any idea how to overcome this compiling error?
  22. any idea how to overcome this compiling error?
  23. can add new feature?
  24. Re: .mov
  25. Re: Made a remixed here
  26. is the file incomplete during upload?
  27. Made a remixed here
  28. Christian, W., & Hwang, F.-K. (2008). Magnetic Field from Loops Model (Version 1.0).
Discussion Posts (11)
  1. Re: Re: Re: Re: can someone create a dmg file or hints to install Java3D on MacOSX
  2. Re: Re: can someone create a dmg file or hints to install Java3D on MacOSX
  3. can someone create a dmg file or hints to install Java3D on MacOSX
  4. Re: PDF describing how to debug EJS simulations
  5. Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Objects in EJS
  6. scalarField - Show Legend - can it be controlled to display inside a panel of my choice?
  7. problem running video in Mac for tracker 4.5
  8. Re: Use Google Reader to stay up-to-date on OSP simulations
  9. Re: Papers for EJS
  10. How to edit the contributor names again after i added my name to the list?
  11. Papers for EJS
 Contributions to other ComPADRE Collections (2)
  1. Physics Front: Re: Response from Editor to Lookang's post
  2. Physics Front: currently, the simulation does not random-size an object, do u want that feature?
 
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