I really liked the the results from today’s circular motion activity. I felt like the data from Pivot Interactives allowed for my class to draw much clearer conclusions than in the past.
Pivot Interactives donated subscriptions to our entire physics class after Hurricane Maria to support our efforts to get back to normal. Thanks to these labs, this week physics students have been able to collect data on static electricity, a phenomenon not able to be measured in our humid conditions. These interactive labs have proved so helpful we will be implementing them into our regular program.
Because we have only 4.5 hours of class time each week, being able to do interactive lab work outside of class gives the kids — especially AP Physics 1 students — more experimental design and data analysis experience. We use Pivot for an AP Physics C E&M Coulomb’s law lab, and for honors and AP Physics 1 students to use at home to see how the models we’re learning do (or don’t) apply to real-life situations. I also use Pivot for labs where cheap equipment won’t get the job done, but I don’t have the money to buy enough expensive lab setups, such as for circular motion. The most common student comment when using Pivot Interactives: This is really cool!
So what I get for $5/seat is a ready-to-go high quality AP-level, data-driven, good lab practice, in-browser experience. It has been a really great lab experience for my AP physics students to add to the normal hands on lab stuff. I also use the videos to teach topics as well.
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