About the Program
The ITQ/TOPPS Project at Northwestern Oklahoma State University is designed to provide high quality professional development opportunities for high school and middle school science teachers across northwestern Oklahoma.
The program will help up to 20-30 area teachers gain physics content area knowledge, develop new teaching strategies, integrate instructional technology and attain “Highly Qualified” status. The ultimate goals are to enhance classroom teaching, learning effectiveness and improve student achievement in physics and physical science.
During the summer of 2014, ToPPS IV was held. The curriculum was vibrations and waves. Participant activities ranged from determining the speed of sound using echos to building a gummy bear wave demonstrator!
During the summer of 2013, ToPPS III was held. Participants engaged in activities that deepened their understanding of electricity & magnetism.
During the summer of 2012, ToPPS II was held. The physics of energy, impulse, momentum and energy were investigated.
During the summer of 2011, ToPPS I was held. During that institute, the physics/science content of kinematics, dynamics and Newton’s laws were investigated.