PHYSICS EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY FACILITY
The Education Technology Facility for the Department of
Physics at North Carolina State University is an active,
diverse facility capable of responding to most of the needs
of the department as well as outreach programs of the
College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences. In addition,
this facility has a reputation for innovation and knowledge
in the area of lecture demonstrations. The purpose of this
facility is to develop, prepare, set up and repair physics
demonstration and audio/visual equipment for the Physics
Department here at NCSU.
Lecture Hall Facilities
The demonstration facility is capable of providing
demonstrations for all classrooms in Riddick Hall. Equipment is also made available to professors teaching
physics classes in other buildings. Each room in Cox is
equipped with an overhead projector and mounted screen.
Demonstration and AV Resources
The demonstration room houses the equipment for over 500
ready made demonstrations and the equipment to assemble
countless more. Over 600 demonstrations are available on
videodisc for use in the classroom or as a reference. The
demonstration room maintains an ever growing collection of
65 laserdisc, 64 video tapes, 109 film loops and 33 16mm
films and a large collection of astronomy slides. The demonstration room provides 100-120
demonstrations per week for the department. The majority of
these demonstrations are provided for introductory level
courses, but demonstrations are also provided for upper
level and graduate level courses.
Cataloging and Indexing
All demonstrations, computer software, videos and orders are
cataloged in an extensive MySQL database. This catalog
includes a description, a photograph and set up instructions
for every demonstration. Many demonstrations now have a
QuickTime video and a list of references available.
Demonstration usage is cataloged each semester to monitor
trends and insure the upkeep of demonstrations. Professor
usage reports are prepared each semester and mailed to the
respective professor for their personal use. These records
are also kept on file in the demo room to assist in the
scheduling of student assistants around heavy demo
Reference materials on demonstrations are available in
the demonstration room for viewing. A reasonable collection
of current catalogs, textbooks and demonstration manuals are
A catalog of demonstrations is published annually, or as
needed by the faculty. The catalog can be downloaded at anytime from the Demo Room web site. Demonstration suggestions for all intro textbooks is also availabe on the order page.. The staff of the Demonstration Room
is available for discussion and training on any of the
demonstrations, or for assistance in customizing a
demonstration to the needs of a particular class.
Each semester, The Demo Room News is published.
This gives hours of operation of the Demonstration Room and
announces new demonstrations and equipment.
The Lecture Demonstration Facility conducts approximately
8 demonstration shows per year to local and visiting
schools. The two largest shows are Isaac & Albert's
Excellent Adventure , a public show in the spring, and NCSU
Open House for prospective students in the fall.