PhysTEC Project Contacts
Department of Physics
Physics Research Building, Room 353
One Silber Way
Boston, MA 02215
Boston University (BU) is one of the nation’s largest private universities with over 31,000 students. BU is an urban school with a long history of partnerships with high need districts in the Greater Boston area. As the first PhysTEC site in New England, and one of a small number of sites in a major urban center, BU intends to be a national model for projects aimed at improving physics instruction in high-need areas.
The PhysTEC project at Boston University represents the next step in the close collaboration that already exists between the School of Education and the Department of Physics. Examples of this long-standing collaboration include Project ITOP (Improving the Teaching of Physics), which consists of 10 two-credit graduate courses aimed at in-service physics teachers, currently in its seventh year of operation; and The Immersion in Science Program, started in 2007, with the primary goal of helping elementary and middle-school teachers become much more confident in teaching and doing science in their own classrooms.
The project will also be building upon recently established efforts which include:
The Department of Physics at Boston University is committed to the following objectives:
These additional physics teacher candidates will be recruited from engineering majors, physics majors, and from the learning assistants (LA’s) who will form a key component of the undergraduate program in the Department of Physics, starting in Fall 2011.
Read BU Today's article on the PhysTEC project, "Wanted: One Good Physics Teacher"