Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2011 16:17:15

Author: --- trappe

Subject: Re: Batteries & Bulbs Circuits (Was Physics by Inquiry)


Thanks Bill. Short of searching the "rare books" purveyors, have you
seen any of the materials anywhere, like in used book stores? I'd
really like to get my hands on original copies of the McGraw Hill
books. Even a list would be nice.

Delta clearly has capitalized on the materials by offering kits that
fill the bill. Their prices on quantities of cheap lamps is the best
I have seen. They had the SCIS materials NSF was advocating for
classroom hands-on science about 10 years ago.

Quoting William Robertson :

> All of the old ESS, SCIS, and SAPA activities have been public
> domain for about 20 years, though I believe Delta has been marketing
> kits for SCIS and one might get the notion that they have the
> copyright on the materials--not true. Yes, there are excellent
> activities to be had there.
> Bill
> On Aug 29, 2011, at 8:03 AM, wrote:
>> Does any of this group remember the McGraw-Hill publication
>> "Batteries and Bulbs"?
>> If so, you may find it exceedingly useful when implementing many of
>> the PER exercises (many are exactly the same, probably because some
>> early PER researchers were on the original NSF sponsored projects).
>> From the 60's to the early 70's NSF sponsored the publication of
>> about 80 works under the banner "ESS" for Elementary Science Study.
>> Google it for more info.
>> The next best in the series involved "Light and Optics" (which had
>> ray sources with prisms, lenses, mirrors) and another involved
>> "Waves and Pendulums" (which had SHM using masses on springs and
>> pendula hung from string taped to door openings). And that's just
>> 3 of the excellent resource materials produced under the ESS/NSF
>> banner.
>> My colleague, Jack Turner, and I used these resources in setting up
>> summer camps for grade school children and teachers when the state
>> of Texas adopted required hands-on science in grades K-12 back in
>> 1985 (Texas Public Law 21-101).
>> Get your hands on a copy if you are into elementary level hands-on
>> activities in science (at any grade level). My guess is that they
>> are no longer copyright protected.
>> Enjoy, Karl