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This material is based in part upon work supported by the National Science Foundation's ATE program under Grants No. DUE-0202202 and DUE-1003381

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The mission of our organization is to improve the quality of mathematical education, enhance the transfer of mathematical thinking into other classes, and increase students’ ability to apply rigorous mathematics outside the classroom. Our primary tool for carrying out this mission is “math machines”—simple devices which give an immediate, physical, dynamic expression to “abstract” mathematical equations. FIRST TIME HERE? You might want to read the rationale behind this project and view photos and evaluations from past workshops.

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Jan. 2, 2018.
We are pleased that our article, “Math Machines: Using Actuators in Physics Classes” was published in the January 2018 issue of The Physics Teacher 56, 49 (2018). The article is grounded in 20+ years of interdisciplinary collaboration which began with support from NSF’s Advanced Technological Education program, the first major NSF program to focus on 2-year colleges and the program which initiated “STEM.” We would very much appreciate comments about the core idea that introductory physics courses in secondary schools, community colleges and universities can and should use actuators and “actionware” in much the same way they use sensors and probeware. The article can be found online at https://doi.org/10.1119/1.5018695. The software is here. Contact Fred if you want more information about building and using actuators.

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Bob Chaney and Math Machines are featured in Getting Results, a new program from WGBH and the League for Innovation in the Community College. Click here for the program.
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