Physics (page 2 of 2)

Mobilizing Minds: Teaching Math and Science in the Age of Sputnik

Physics (page 2 of 2)

Dynamic Cart for PSSC Physics, early 1960s

This wooden cart was designed to show the relation between a force exerted on an object and the velocity of that object. It was simple and inexpensive, made from short pieces of 2" x 4" wood boards and three roller skate wheels. This example was made by Grisell and Kaiel, students at Benson Polytechnic High School in Portland, Oregon.

Volumes from the Science Study Series, 1960–1973

Beginning in 1959, the PSSC joined with Doubleday Anchor Books to prepare short illustrated paperback books on scientific topics. Volumes were expected to be "up-to-date, authoritative and readable." Topics ranged over the sciences and the history of science. Authors included novelists, historians, and scientists, and the series had over 70 titles. Hardback versions of the books were available for school libraries.

Harvard Project Physics Circular Slide Rule, about 1970

A second physics curriculum project ran at Harvard University from 1962 through 1972. It placed special emphasis on the history of science as well as usual topics in physics. Inexpensive plastic slide rules like this one were given away to participating schools in early phases of the project. Boys could carry the rules in their shirt pockets with the words "Harvard Project Physics" showing.