Exciting Gadgets and Gizmos Activities in New NSTA Press Series Help Educators Teach Students About Physics and Physical Science

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ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Students will find it both educational and fun to learn like scientists with the physical science activities in the new NSTA Press books Using Physics Gadgets and Gizmos, Grades 9–12: Phenomenon-Based Learning and Using Physical Science Gadgets and Gizmos, Grades 6–8: Phenomenon-Based Learning.

The books’ experiments let middle school and high school students explore physics using Water Rockets, Drinking Birds, Dropper Poppers, Boomwhackers, a Flying Pig and more.

The phenomenon-based learning (PBL) approach used by the authors—two Finnish teachers and a U.S. professor—is as instructive as the experiments are attention-grabbing. Instead of putting the theory before the application, PBL encourages students to first experience how the gadgets work. The students then grow curious enough to find out why.

The books’ goal is to help students go beyond memorizing physics facts. Instead, they can use gizmos and gadgets to learn broader concepts, useful thinking skills, and science and engineering practices as defined by the Next Generation Science Standards.

The 35 experiments in Using Physical Science Gadgets and Gizmos, Grades 6–8 cover topics including pressure and force, thermodynamics, energy, light and color, resonance and buoyancy. The 54 experiments in Using Physics Gadgets and Gizmos, Grades 9–12 explore phenomena involved with pressure and force, thermodynamics, energy, light and color, resonance, buoyancy, two-dimensional motion, angular momentum, magnetism and electromagnetic induction.

For additional information or to purchase Using Physics Gadgets and Gizmos and Using Physical Science Gadgets and Gizmos, visit the NSTA Science Store. To order by phone, call 800-277-5300 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET weekdays.

The 120-page Using Physical Science Gadgets and Gizmos, Grades 6–8, is priced at $30.95 and discount-priced for NSTA members at $24.76. (Stock # PB345X2, ISBN # 978-1-936959-37-2) Browse sample pages of this book at the NSTA Science Store website.

The 169-page Using Physics Gadgets and Gizmos, Grades 9–12 is priced at $32.95 and discount-priced for NSTA members at $26.36. (Stock # PB345X1, ISBN # 978-936959-36-5) Sample pages of this book are also available for browsing at the NSTA Science Store website.

About NSTA

The Arlington, VA-based National Science Teachers Association is the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA’s current membership includes approximately 55,000 science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in science education.

NSTA Press® produces 25–30 new books and e-books each year. Focused on the preK–college market and specifically aimed at teachers of science, NSTA Press titles offer a unique blend of accurate scientific content and sound teaching strategies.

Contact:
NSTA
Kate Falk, 703-312-9211
kfalk@nsta.org

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