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  Session: Effective Practices in Educational Technologies
  Paper Type: Contributed
  Title: Let’s Code Physics: A Playful Approach to Learning Computational Physics
  Meeting: 2016 Summer Meeting: Sacremento, California
  Location: N/A
  Time: 9:40AM
  Author: W. Brian Lane, Jacksonville University
9045158098, wlane@ju.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: Let’s Code Physics is a YouTube channel that examines physics-related scenarios using computational modeling. Following the popular Let’s Play format (in which a video gamer records their progress through a game while providing commentary, thereby offering both entertainment and insights to the viewer), these Let’s Code videos record the development and implementation of a computational model (the code for which is made available so the viewer may “play along”) while offering commentary on the planning and revision of the code and an analysis of the results. The goals of Let’s Code Physics include spreading interest in computational physics, demonstrating successful coding practices, sharing ideas with viewers, and reducing the perception of dry formality of programming. Let’s Code Physics has proven popular (with 640 subscribers in 70 countries at the start of its second season), particularly among Let’s Play fans and physics students.
  Footnotes: None
  Presentation: LCP - AAPT SM 2016.pdf

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