Sparking Curiosity

Resources for physics and physical science


Wendy K. Adams
Research Associate Professor, Department of Physics, Colorado School of Mines
Owner operator, Atoms Consulting, LLC

I have lived my entire life in Colorado! I earned a B.A. in Physics from the University of Northern Colorado in 1994, an M.S. in Physics (AMO) from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1996 and returned to Boulder to complete a Ph.D. in Physics (Education Research) in 2007.

My research interests include: Problem solving evaluation, low stakes assessment and evaluation, student perceptions of science, student perceptions of teaching as a career, acoustics educational materials, interactive computer simulations and integration of education research results into courses and curricula.

I have 15 years of experience teaching introductory physics, physical science for elementary teachers, scientific and engineering practices for elementary, methods for secondary science teachers and graduate level science education research seminar. I have compiled materials related to these various courses and share them freely.

Over the years I have also juggled a few other roles while teaching, including co-Director of the PhET Interactive Simulations Project, Director of Research for the Science Education Initiative at CU, Boulder, Research Consultant with the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative at UBC, Education Coordinator for the Acoustical Society of America , and Director of Science Teacher Education Programs at the University of Northern Colorado. Currently I am working with several national societies to build a campaign aimed at recruiting secondary math and science teachers.

In my free time I like to garden, spend time with my family and run with my dog. .

I hope that you can find resources on this site that will help you teach, learn or just have fun with science!

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Wendy Adams

I am a teacher and a physics education researcher who works both as a consultant and at the Colorado School of Mines.