The mission of PhysTEC is to improve and promote the education of future physics and physical science teachers.
The U.S. faces a critical shortage of qualified physics and physical science teachers. Two-thirds of new physics teachers lack a physics degree, and over 90% of middle school physical science students are taught by teachers without a physical science major or certification. In order to address the crisis in physics and physical science education, the American Physical Society (APS) and the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) lead the PhysTEC project, with support from the American Institute of Physics (AIP).
SUNY Geneseo is a PhysTEC Funded Institution as a Targeted Site. We are implementing some of the PhysTEC key components to encourage and support students who are interested in teaching physics at the secondary education level.
The Build-it, Leave-it, Teach-it program provides an Early Teaching Experience for physics majors. The first BLT demonstration units (called "The Race") were built in Fall of 2011.
The Geneseo student newspaper recently ran an article about the PhysTEC program.
We were featured in an article in the APS Forum on Education newsletter.