Integrating Energy, Equity, and Place in High School Physics





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James Panzer

Pedagogical Methods Used

Education Research and Pedagogy Expertise

Years teaching physics


Describe the courses that you teach

I teach Environmental Physics, AP Physics 1, and Earth Science. Environmental Physics is a course that I adapted from working with my esteemed mentor David Gewanter. It is a course designed to challenge students in ways that aren't commonly found in a high school physics class (students sleep outside in winter without a fire to learn thermodynamics, design a 3-D model of a passive house, etc). AP Physics 1 and Earth Science are more standardized courses, but I find ways to incorporate issues of equity into the curriculum to make those subjects more relevant to student's lives and to stress the role of science outside of classrooms.

What is your approach to integrating equity into physics instruction?

Community Builder


Connecting your Actions to the amount of CO2 released.

In-class activity, Project, Instructor supplement

How much CO2 is released because of eating corn? Beef? How is this connected to your daily life? Students make a video once they find out!

Health Care, Poverty and Economic Injustice, Climate Change, Greenhouse Gasses


James Panzer

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