Archive | March, 2013

STEM Education Regional Meeting

18 Mar


Summer Modeling Workshops

11 Mar
Nearby Workshops in New England
Kennebunk – First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church
Dates: July 29-Aug 9

Content: Intro to Modeling Physics (9 core units of mechanics)
Leaders: Mike Waters & Chad Hodgkins
Dates: July 29-Aug 9
Content: Intro to Modeling Chemistry (9 core units of chemistry)
Leader: Tom Pfeiffer & Dean Meggison
Fees: $650/week  (can be taken separately), includes breakfast and lunch.
Free housing available for participants.
Optional graduate credit available from the University of Maine
Contact: Jamie Vesenka or 207-749-7913
Follow this link to a brochure and application form
For further details:
SUNY-Buffalo State College
Dates: July 22-August 9

PHY620 (6cr) Powerful Ideas & Quantitative Modeling in Mechanics
leaders: Dr. Luanna Gomez & colleagues
Contact: Luanna Gomez
PHY622 (6cr) Powerful Ideas & Quantitative Modeling in Electricity and Magnetism with supplements (microscopic models of matter).
leaders: Dr. Dan MacIsaac & colleagues
Modeling workshop master teachers TBA
tuition: $2245.20 in state, $3595.20 non residents
some financing available
housing available on campus, approximately $320 per week
parking permit $10
Contact: Dan MacIsaac or (716) 878-3802
Click here for further detailsTeachers College-Columbia University
Dates: July 22-August 9

Content: Mechanics
Leaders: Craig Buzska & TBA
Content: Electricity & Magnetism
Leader: Michael Crofton & Mark Schober
Content: Chemistry I (9 core units)
Leaders: Donghong Sun & Larry Dukerich
Contact: Fernand Brunschwig
Visit the Physics Teachers NYC for details

Clearview Regional HS – Mullica Hills, NJ
Dates: July 8 – 26

Content: Mechanics
Leader: Doug Valette
Content: Chemistry I (9 core units)
Leaders: Jim Navins & Maureen Huhman
Dates: July 29 – August 16
Content: Biology
Leader: Angela Gard
Limited housing is available – $700 for 20 nights
Follow these links to a brochure for details and for an application form
General information:
Fifty Modeling Workshops in high school physics, chemistry,  physical
science, and biology will be offered in summer 2013, in many states.
Modeling Workshops are peer-led. Modeling Instruction is designated
by the U.S. Department of Education as an Exemplary K-12 science
program.Some sites offer stipends, usually for in-state teachers.  Graduate
credit is available at some sites. Pre-service teachers and TYC
faculty are welcome too.

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Teachers say:
*  “After the first year of teaching using the modeling method, I
wished I had learned about modeling years ago.”
— David Braunschweig (retired; consultant for Vernier Software &
*  In the one year that I have been modeling, I have seen wonderful results.
*  [As a graduate student in physics], I discovered the modeling method
of instruction to be a rigorous approach to physics instruction on
the high school level, and one that is consistent with the way
physicists understand the universe.
— Doug Vallette
*  Compared to “traditional” physics teaching, at our school modeling
has created:
(A) Larger enrollment in physics and AP Physics
(B) Higher retention of students majoring in engineering and science when
they go off to college
(C) Greater quantitative analytical skills
(D) Greater quantitative presentation skills
(E) Much higher ability for “future non-science students” to communicate
with science people
(F) No plugging and chugging.
*  We have had 3 physics teachers and 5 chemistry teachers enhance
their professional development at your ASU modeling workshops.
Modeling has made a world of difference in our science courses.
–Ray Howanski

Deadline extended to March 9th for Abstract Submissions

6 Mar

Submit an abstract now for the spring meeting!!!