red Supported Site Virginia Tech: Demographics

PhysTEC Graduates (Years funded 2011-2014)
BaselineProject Funded
Year -2 Year -1 Year 0 Year 1 Year 2
1 1 3 1 5

* Must meet the definition of PhysTEC Secondary Graduate.

** This is a subset of the graduates from all programs, and may be the same.

Definition of PhysTEC Secondary Graduate: Any student who has graduated from a PhysTEC Institution and

(a) has a major or minor in physics, OR (b) has completed coursework equivalent to a major or minor in physics

AND

(a) has certification to teach high-school physics, OR (b) has completed a teacher education program.

Commentary on Secondary Graduates data:

All students in the baseline years graduated with undergraduate degrees in physics from Virginia Tech. All, except the one in Year -2, also graduated from the Masters of Education (MAED) program at Virginia Tech. All students in the baseline years participated in the physics outreach program/course, an activity from which we currently actively recruit PhysTEC students.

The one Year 1 student was a physics major from elsewhere, that was a physics graduate student in our Physics Department, and switched to Education after discussions with members of our PhysTEC team.

Future Physics Teachers
BaselineProject
Year -2 2008/09 Year -1 2009/10 Year 0 2010/11 Year 1 2011/12 Year 2 2012/13 Year 3 2013/14
1 1 3 6 9  

* This number should match the number of names entered on the Future Teachers tab in the teacher tracking spreadsheet.

** This is a subset of the Future Teachers from all programs, and may be the same.

 

 

Definition of PhysTEC Future Teacher : A student at a PhysTEC Institution who has committed to completing a program of physics teacher education.

Definition of a Future Teacher at Virginia Tech: A student with a physics major, minor, or equivalent, who is intending to enroll in the Virginia Tech Masters of Education program. 

Commentary on Future Physics Teachers data:

The Baseline numbers reflect the students that went through the MAED program at Virginia Tech, or participated in participated in the physics outreach program/course, an activity from which we currently actively recruit PhysTEC students.

The Year 1 quantity reflects the number of MAED graduates (1), plus the number of current physics majors at Virginia Tech or graduated physics majors from Virginia Tech, that will be enrolling in the MAED program in Fall 2012 (5).

Learning Assistants in Physics Courses
BaselineProject
Year -2 2008/09 Year -1 2009/10 Year 0 2010/11 Year 1 2011/12 Year 2 2012/13 Year 3 2013/14
0 0 0 0 11  

PhysTEC Learning Assistant: Any PhysTEC student who facilitates learning in an undergraduate physics course, receives formal pedagogical instruction, and is encouraged to enter a teacher preparation program.

Commentary on Learning Assistant data:

In Year -1 through Year 1 we have had informally trained LAs (i.e., the did not take a course in teaching and learning) in PHYS 1055-1056 Introduction to Astronomy, and PHYS 1155-1156 Astronomy Lab. The total number of LAs (individuals) in those years was, respectively, 3, 12, and 14.

We started our Teaching and Learning course in Year 1, and so all LAs in the subsequent years will be formally trained.

 PhysTEC Mentors
Project
Year 1 2011/12 Year 2 2012/13 Year 3 2013/14
PhysTEC Mentors (current and prior TIRs) 1 1  
Mentored PhysTEC Graduates 0 1  
Mentored non-PhysTEC Teachers 1 1  

Definition of PhysTEC Mentor : Any PhysTEC TIR who mentors a practicing K-12 teacher or pre-service teacher. (Mentors are counted each year, so after their first year of mentoring, they are recounted if they mentor in the next year.)

Commentary on Mentors data:

Our TIR (Alma Robinson) mentored a teacher working in the Arlington, VA, in Year 1 and Year 2.

Course NamePhysTEC Course Enrollments (# of students enrolled)
BaselineProject
Year -2 2008/09 Year -1 2009/10 Year 0 2010/11 Year 1 2011/12 Year 2 2012/13 Year 3 2013/14
PHYS 2305       42 49  
PHYS 2306       34 34  
PHYS 2325       60 73  
PHYS 2326       49 49  
PHYS 4984 PTL       6 14  
PHYS 4984 EPO       8 4  
EDCI/ME 4454       2 0  

Definition of PhysTEC Course : Any physics, physical science, or education course that has been revised or created at a PhysTEC Institution for the PhysTEC program.

Commentary on Enrollment data:

PHYS 2305 = Foundations of Physics I (SCALE-UP), Fall semesters

PHYS 2306 = Foundations of Physics I (SCALE-UP), Spring semesters

PHYS 2325 = Seminar for Physics Majors, Fall semesters

PHYS 2326 = Seminar for Physics Majors, Spring semesters

PHYS 4984 PTL = Special Study: Physics Teaching and Learning, Spring 2012, Fall 2012

PHYS 4984 EPO = Special Study: Enriched Physics Outreach, Spring semesters

EDCI/ME 4454 = Engineering Leadership and Management, Spring semesters

EDCI/ME 4454 is the Robotics course. It was modified to allow the enrollment of PhysTEC students, not just mechanical engineering students. PhysTEC students work as leaders and mentors of teams of high school students developing a robot for competition.