Tracker is a free video analysis and modeling tool built on the Open Source Physics (OSP) Java framework. It is designed to be used in physics education.


Thanks to Álvaro Folhas from Agrupamento de Escolas de Águeda Sul, Portugal for recommending this tool.

Álvaro is a Physics and Chemistry teacher at Escola Secundária Marques Castilho – Águeda, a Portuguese high school, and also a Teacher Trainer. He is a member of NUCLIO – Núcleo Interativo de Astronomia e Inovação na Educação, a non-profit association of Astronomy and Education, and member of CITEUC-Center for Earth and Space Research of the University of Coimbra, a unit for fundamental and applied research in Earth and Space Sciences. He is researching in the fields of Educational Sciences and Didactics of Science and Astronomy in Universidade de Coimbra (PhD student) and member of the editorial board of APEduC – Journal of Research and Practices in Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education. Álvaro uses new teaching approaches with his students, such as the use of remote telescopes in school for scientific projects, having participated in many international science teaching projects. He considers projects and challenges are essential in science teaching to prepare students to the challeges of tomorrow.

“It is an amazing tool because we can use it to create links between concepts of physics and regular physics phenomena analysing them and creating and testing models.”

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