April 24, 2012 12:00AM
Two speakers will present a program at Pittsburg State University on Wednesday, April 25, that is changing the way educators teach high school science. Paul Adams and Earl Legleiter, physics professors at Fort Hays State University, will present the Kansas Modeling Instruction Program at 2 p.m. on April 25 in 102 Yates Hall.
Modeling Instruction is a research-based program that emphasizes construction and application of conceptual models of physical phenomenon. For example, a lesson on velocity, could include the observation of battery-powered vehicles, collecting and analyzing data relating to their movement, the development of a mathematical model based on that data and application of the mathematical model to other objects.
Modeling Instruction has grown in Kansas schools over the past decade with support from grants administered by the Kansas Board of Regents. The U.S. Department of Education designated Modeling Instruction as one of two exemplary science education programs in 2001.