Stacy McCormack

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United States - Indiana - Indianapolis
Stacy McCormack
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By Stacy McCormack
A colleague had a similar activity that I “stole” this idea from. It’s such a great way to have students “play” with free-body diagrams. I tell students to do their best and try it on their own first, then we come together as a class and discuss
Subjects:
Physics, General Science, Physical Science
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Laboratory
$2.50
27 ratings
4.0
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By Stacy McCormack
30 labs for $35!!! Significantly cheaper than purchasing the lab activities one at a time! As a beginning teacher I struggled with providing lab experiences for my students due to a number of reasons. Most labs involved expensive technology that
Subjects:
Physics, General Science, Physical Science
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Unit Plans, Activities, Laboratory
$35.00
25 ratings
4.0
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By Stacy McCormack
Students are amazed that by dropping objects and timing the fall, they can calculate-with incredible accuracy-the gravitational acceleration of Earth! I have students use three different types of objects so that they can understand that regardless
Subjects:
Physics, General Science, Physical Science
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Laboratory
$2.50
13 ratings
3.9
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By Stacy McCormack
This lab is a favorite every year as students try to hit a bull’s-eye with a projectile. I normally provide a candy reward for the team with the lowest percent error. (It’s amazing what a piece of candy will make students do!) Projectile motion
Subjects:
Physics, General Science, Physical Science
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Laboratory
$2.50
13 ratings
3.9
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By Stacy McCormack
Need a fun puzzle so students can practice significant digits and get immediate feedback? This is just what you need! Students need to determine the number of significant digits in each given number, then use a table to find the letter associated
Subjects:
Chemistry, Physics, Physical Science
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Homework
$0.50
7 ratings
3.7
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By Stacy McCormack
It became apparent to me one day that my students saw no correlation whatsoever between their weight calculated using W=mg and their weight calculated using Newton’s law of universal gravitation. One student said, “Those are two different weights
Subjects:
Physics, General Science, Physical Science
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Laboratory
$2.50
6 ratings
4.0
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By Stacy McCormack
When my students walk into class on the day that this lab is to be performed and they see the “constant acceleration cars”, huge smiles erupt on all of their faces! I love when I am able to use toys to illustrate a physical concept. These labs
Subjects:
Physics, General Science, Physical Science
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Laboratory
$2.50
6 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (0.47 MB)
By Stacy McCormack
This lab is fun and gets your students out of their seats and active! I sometimes will give out a prize to the student who can generate the most power in this lab (before they know how power is calculated…that leads to some very interesting
Subjects:
Physics, General Science, Physical Science
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Laboratory
$2.50
1 rating
4.0
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By Stacy McCormack
Need a short and fun activity that allows your students to practice those English to metric and metric to English conversions that also provides immediate feedback? This is the activity for you! Students perform conversions and decode a quote by
Subjects:
Chemistry, Physics, Physical Science
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Homework
$0.50
2 ratings
4.0
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By Stacy McCormack
After “re-introducing” your students to the metric system using the “Metric Olympics Lab”, why not give them a project that allows them to continue practicing those metric conversions? This project is just the thing! I thought of this project one
Subjects:
Chemistry, Physics, Physical Science
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Projects, Activities, Internet Activities
$2.50
5 ratings
4.0
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By Stacy McCormack
I always dreaded introducing free-body diagrams on inclined planes…but not anymore! This activity takes the headache out of a very complicated subject. I always encourage students to look back at the prior cut-and-paste lab to help them when
Subjects:
Physics, General Science, Physical Science
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Laboratory
$2.50
2 ratings
4.0
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By Stacy McCormack
This lab is one of my personal favorites. It is very easy to make with very inexpensive materials, and the results are very good. I think it’s one of my favorites because it is so fun to watch the students concentrate so hard to keep from hitting
Subjects:
Physics, General Science, Physical Science
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Laboratory
$2.50
2 ratings
4.0
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By Stacy McCormack
Every year that students perform this virtual lab, they remark that it’s like playing a video game. What fun! In this virtual lab students analyze many different variables that affect the motion of projectiles. Each section is designed for
Subjects:
Physics, General Science, Physical Science
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Laboratory, Internet Activities
$2.50
5 ratings
4.0
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By Stacy McCormack
This lab is another one of my favorites because when I wrote it, I had no idea that the results would be so good! I had seen other school physics labs with their wonderful collision carts that were analyzed by photogates, and I wanted to recreate a
Subjects:
Physics, General Science, Physical Science
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Laboratory
$2.50
3 ratings
3.9
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By Stacy McCormack
Now it’s time to jump into kinematics! Most physics teachers I know start with the very simple d=st equation, and that’s exactly what this lab enables you to do. On top of introducing a very fundamental physical equation, this lab will also have
Subjects:
Physics, General Science, Physical Science
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Laboratory
$2.50
2 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (0.63 MB)
By Stacy McCormack
I never felt like I did a good job in helping my students to understand the Impulse-Momentum Theorem until I came up with the idea for this lab. Again, I needed to find a way to numerically “show” my students how this theorem worked without having
Subjects:
Physics, General Science, Physical Science
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Laboratory
$2.50
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By Stacy McCormack
In the “Physics 500 Lab” you used constant velocity cars, and you will use them again in this lab! This lab is very simple, but it does give you something measureable and students realize that constant velocity in a circle IS acceleration after
Subjects:
Physics, General Science, Physical Science
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Laboratory
$2.50
2 ratings
3.9
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By Stacy McCormack
Originally, I used to do both parts of this lab in one complete lab. I found that my students spent most of their time confused saying things like “Which collision is this again?” so I revamped the one lab and split it into two separate labs. In
Subjects:
Physics, General Science, Physical Science
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education
Types:
Laboratory
$2.50
2 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (0.80 MB)
By Stacy McCormack
This lab is another student favorite. Again, toys grab the attention of your students and keep them focused! Why not use them? You can usually find very inexpensive dart guns at your local superstore ($1-$4 each). I would not recommend
Subjects:
Physics, General Science, Physical Science
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Laboratory
$2.50
1 rating
4.0
Digital Download PDF (0.41 MB)
By Stacy McCormack
Now that students have been introduced to free-body diagrams on an inclined plane, it’s time to put that knowledge to use with some mathematics! In this lab students will use the acceleration of a ball bearing down an inclined track and the
Subjects:
Physics, General Science, Physical Science
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Laboratory
$2.50
1 rating
3.8
Digital Download PDF (0.37 MB)
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

12 years experience teaching high school physics and chemistry, 10 years experience teaching face to face and online astronomy, physics, and physical science at both community college and university level

MY TEACHING STYLE

Hands on inexpensive guided inquiry lab-based experiences with physics. No lecturing-the labs are the curriculum and I help as needed. Students love it, and so do I!

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Vice President of the Indiana Chapter of the American Association of Physics Teachers, Announced April 2013 2011 Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, Announced June 2012 American Association of Physics Teachers Zitzewitz Award for Excellence in Pre-College Physics Teaching; August 2011 Penn High School Distinguished Alumni Award, May 2011 Indiana State Teacher of the Year 2011, Announced October 2010 Member of Michiana “40 Under 40”, Class of 2010 Penn-Harris-Madison 2010 Teacher of the Year, Spring 2010 Armstrong Teacher Educator Award, Indiana University, 2010-2011 United States Representative at High School Teachers (HST) Conference, Summer 2006 at CERN in Switzerland National Honor Roll’s Outstanding American Teacher, 2005/2006 Edition Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, Listed in 7th, 9th & 10th editions; 2002, 2004 & 2005 Disney’s American Teacher Award, Nominee, Spring 2002 First Year Teacher of the Year, Elkhart Community Schools, Spring 2000 Outstanding Future Educator, Indiana University, Spring 1999

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

M.Ed. Physics Education, Ball State University B.S. Secondary Chemistry Education, Indiana University

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I love to teach and feel very lucky to get to do what I do!

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