Subcategory: STEM Science and Mathematics Education
- University of the Virgin Islands
Co-Author(s): David Morris and Nastassia Jones, UVI, USVI
The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) is going through a overall renovation of the Physics curriculum: a new 4-years Bachelor of Science in Physics with concentration in Astronomy has been offered. The principal goal is to provide a new STEM-focus workforce for the territory, starting from UVI students and exapanding to local educators (K-12).
The acquisition of a portable inflatable planetarium and telescopes have provided the opportunity to shift the typical teaching paradigm, from the classical teaching scheme to active learning and research-based lessons.
We present the first examples of these new teaching methodologies in the General education and physics major Astronomy courses.
Funder Acknowledgement(s): NSF HBCU-UP grant number #1719265
Faculty Advisor: None Listed,