Curriki Launches ‘The Physics of Sailing’ Project for High School Physics Instruction in Traditional and Blended Learning Classrooms

Students Discover How Newton’s Laws Contribute to Successful Sailing in new PBL-based 'Physics of Sailing' course designed for high school students.

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'Curriki’s new unit on sailing uses the excitement of the America’s Cup and Oracle Team USA racing to make physics accessible, relevant, and deeply memorable,' said Colleen Cassity, Executive Director of the Oracle Education Foundation.

Cupertino, Calif. (PRWEB) August 27, 2014

Curriki, the leading K-12 global community for creating, sharing, and finding open learning resources, today unveiled ‘The Physics of Sailing’ Project-based Learning (PBL) Unit. Funded by Oracle, this six-week high school Physics project focuses on the application of Newton’s Laws in sailboat design to make learning fun and interactive. Specifically developed to support Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core Standards, this project mixes team-based student inquiry, direct instruction, and teacher- or student-directed activities and is available free to educators, students and interested parties.

Grant Simmer, CEO of Oracle Team USA, contributed a special video where he explains several physics concepts related to racing sailboat design.

The project includes:

  •     Suggested Pacing Guide
  •     Video and interactive instruction
  •     Guidance for managing PBL in the classroom
  •     and more

In addition to traditional assessments for evaluating content knowledge, the project provides six rubrics to assess teamwork, presentation and communication, critical thinking, creativity and the overall final project. As an option, the project also includes a rubric for assessing the eight Mathematical Practices recommended in the Common Core State Standards, which encourage inquiry, problem solving, and mastery of mathematical methods.

“Educators are increasingly looking to Curriki for classroom projects, lessons, and units that are aligned to Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards,” said Kim Jones, Currki CEO. “We are grateful to Oracle for funding the development of ‘The Physics of Sailing’ project.”

Offering free, high-quality learning resources for the world, Curriki is funded entirely through contributions from its generous sponsors, partners, donors and members. Donations of any size are always appreciated, and several sponsorship levels are available. Click here for more information on making a contribution to Curriki.

“Project-based learning is so effective because it has the power to engage learners’ hearts and minds,” said Colleen Cassity, Executive Director of the Oracle Education Foundation and Senior Director of Oracle Giving. “Curriki’s new unit on sailing uses the excitement of the America’s Cup and Oracle Team USA racing to make physics accessible, relevant, and deeply memorable. Oracle is proud to support Curriki and the creation of this great learning resource.”

About Curriki

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