PhysTEC Project Contacts
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)
Department of Physics
119A Robeson Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) is Virginia’s land-grant institution and a comprehensive, innovative research university with the largest number of degree offerings in Virginia. Their vision is to establish a vibrant hub for physics teacher education in Virginia, with significant impact on neighboring states and the nation.
The VT PhysTEC Project – a strong and committed collaboration between the Department of Physics and the School of Education – will encompass a vigorous recruitment effort, well coordinated course transformation initiatives, closely mentored early teaching experiences and a learning assistant program, a Teacher in Residence (TIR), and a supportive network for program alumni. Excellent, long-standing interactions with experienced physics teachers and schools across Virginia will help with placing students and provide feedback and advice for the project.
Virgina Tech has established the following project goals:
To achieve these goals, Virgina Tech will implement significant project activities which include:
Additional activities include expanding existing programs, namely the Physics Outreach Team and the Robotics Program, to create two early field experiences for PhysTEC students; developing an alumni support program; and widely advertising PhysTEC activities.
APS Forum on Education Article: The PhysTEC Program at Virginia Tech