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Summary of Teacher Survey Results

Listed below are the questions asked on the Teacher Survey and the possible answers with a percentage indicating how many of the survey participants voted for that answer.

Physics Day

How many years have you attended USU Physics Day at Lagoon with your students?  Total valid responses: 242

0 yrs: 12% 1-3 yrs: 40% 4-6 yrs: 19% 7-10 yrs: 14% 10+ yrs: 15%

I feel the experience of Physics Day is worth the resources spent (school bus, taking time off from school, etc.).  Total valid responses: 241

Strongly Agree: 62% Agree: 34% Neutral: 3% Disagree: 0% Strongly Disagree: 1%

I consider Physics Day a good use of my time.   Total valid responses: 240

Strongly Agree: 59% Agree: 36% Neutral: 4% Disagree: 0% Strongly Disagree: 1%

I consider Physics Day to be more valuable than a day spent in lecture/lab. Total valid responses: 241

Strongly Agree: 50% Agree: 32% Neutral: 15% Disagree: 1% Strongly Disagree: 1%

I feel Physics Day applies to modern and useful physical concepts.
Total valid responses: 240

Strongly Agree: 56% Agree: 38% Neutral: 5% Disagree: 0% Strongly Disagree: 1%

I feel that students' educational time is well spent at Physics Day.
Total valid responses: 240

Strongly Agree: 46% Agree: 42% Neutral: 11% Disagree: 0% Strongly Disagree: 1%

I use Physics Day curriculum to supplement my classes and lectures.
Total valid responses: 231

Strongly Agree: 21% Agree: 42% Neutral: 30% Disagree: 6% Strongly Disagree: 1%

Do you use Physics Day as an educational tool or as a reward?
Total valid responses: 232

Educational Tool: 17% Reward: 21% Both: 60% Neither: 2%

How important are the prizes awarded at Physics Day to you?
Total valid responses: 233

Very Important: 23% Slightly Important: 47% Neutral: 18% Not Important: 12%

How important are the prizes awarded at Physics Day to your students?
Total valid responses: 233

Very Important: 50% Slightly Important: 34% Neutral: 10% Not Important: 6%

I personally enjoy Physics Day.
Total valid responses: 233

Strongly Agree: 67% Agree: 27% Neutral: 5% Disagree: 0% Strongly Disagree: 0%

Competitions/Activities

Participants rated the following activities and competitions on a scale from 1 to 10; 1 being the least useful as an educational tool, and 10 being the most useful:

Physics Bowl, the average response was:
Total valid responses: 178

7.8

G-Forces, the average response was:
Total valid responses: 187

7.4

Sky Drop, the average response was:
Total valid responses: 197

8.3

Ride Design, the average response was:
Total valid responses: 186

7.7

Logo Contest, the average response was:
Total valid responses: 192

6.2

Demo Design, the average response was:
Total valid responses: 177

7

Curriculum Design (for teachers), the average response was:
Total valid responses: 184

7.6


Participants voted for the top 3 curriculums they would like emphasized in the future. Listed in descending order by the number of votes.
Total valid responses: 202

136 votes for Kinematics (laws of motion: velocity, acceleration, etc.)
135 votes for Energy
125 votes for Forces
73 votes for Inertia/Momentum
48 votes for Wave Properties
26 votes for Fluid Dynamics
23 votes for Thermal Physics
20 votes for Atom Physics
18 votes for Reference Frames
2 votes for Other


I would be interested in a new competition that involved my entire class.
Total valid responses: 225

Strongly Agree: 20% Agree: 34% Neutral: 36% Disagree: 9% Strongly Disagree: 0%

Student Workbooks

How many years have you done the Student Workbook activities with your students?   Total valid responses: 226

0 yrs: 32% 1-3 yrs: 41% 4-6 yrs: 14% 7-10 yrs: 8% 10+ yrs: 5%

I use the "Create Your Own Workbook" option on the website to make workbooks for my students.  Total valid responses: 208

Strongly Agree: 12% Agree: 20% Neutral: 42% Disagree: 19% Strongly Disagree: 7%

On a scale of 1 to 10, participants rated the student workbooks; 1 being not useful at all and 10 being very useful.   Total valid responses: 195

The average response was: 7.1

I use specific examples from the student workbooks to supplement my classes.   Total valid responses: 200

Strongly Agree: 8% Agree: 34% Neutral: 44% Disagree: 12% Strongly Disagree: 2%

Which three of the following state core curriculum principles would you most like to see added to the workbooks?
Total valid responses: 168

113 votes for Energy
95 votes for Forces
84 votes for Kinematics (laws of motion: velocity, acceleration, etc.)
56 votes for Wave Properties
55 votes for Inertia/Momentum
28 votes for Fluid Dynamics
27 votes for Thermal Physics
25 votes for Reference Frames
19 votes for Atom Physics
2 votes for Other


Which three of the following Lagoon rides would you most like to see added to the student workbook?
Total valid responses: 159.7

112 votes for The Rocket
71 votes for Cliffhanger
69 votes for Tidal Wave
68 votes for Samurai
39 votes for Log Flume
35 votes for Merry-Go-Round
32 votes for Sky Scraper
28 votes for Hydro Luge
19 votes for Rattlesnake Rapids
6 votes for Other