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Name: E&M Modeling Workshop in Albany
School/Institution: Siena College
City: Albany
State: NY
Opportunity Type: Modeling Workshop
Teacher Status: Preservice
Teacher Level: High School
Description: This Modeling Workshop is open to physics and physical science teachers worldwide who have had a minimum of 2 weeks Modeling Workshop in physics.

PEER LEADER: Darren Broder

Physics Electricity and Magnetism Workshop
Prerequisite: a mechanics Modeling Workshop of minimum 2 weeks duration.

GOALS: Each Modeling Workshop is an intensive 2- or 3-week course with these goals:
1. Educate teachers in use of a model-centered, guided-inquiry, interactive engagement method of teaching.
2. Help participants integrate computer courseware effectively into the curriculum.
3. Help teachers make better use of national resources for science education.
4. Establish electronic network support and a learning community among participants.
5. Strengthen local institutional support for participants as school leaders in disseminating standards-based reform in science education.

The E&M workshop borrows extensively from work of Bruce Sherwood and Ruth Chabay. There are 3 units in electricity: Charge and Field, Potential, and Circuits. The circuit unit is unique at high school level, as it leads students through surface charge as the mechanism for setting up different strength fields in conductors of circuits. The magnetism unit begins by investigating the field of a current-bearing wire, then fields of permanent magnets, then force on a particle in a field, then force on a current-bearing wire in a field, and then electromagnetic induction and Faraday's Law.

Click here to learn more about Modeling Instruction and the American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA) or visit to find information on Modeling Workshops nationwide and strategies to seek funding (if needed) to participate.
Start Date: 07/31/2017
End Date: 08/11/2017
Duration: 2 weeks. Meet all day M-F
Application Deadline: 06/25/2017
Opportunity Website:
Application Link: Contact Darren Broder at the email below to register.
Sponsor Link:

Benefits and Requirements

Cost: $700/participant + optional - $400/4 graduate credits in education
Benefits: Housing
Professional Development/CEU
College Transcript Credit - 2 miles from college.
Benefit Explanation: The cost includes workshop materials, morning refreshments and lunch for the 10 days.  The College is able to offer on-campus housing for $75/night.  However, on-campus housing will only be available until August 8.  I am in the process of securing a group rate through a local hotel for the remaining 3 days of the workshop.  More details are forthcoming.  The College is also able to offer a breakfast/dinner option to interested participants.  The cost is roughly $8-9 for breakfast and $11-12 for dinner.  More details as they become available.
Other Prerequisites: A Modeling Workshop in mechanics, of at least 2 weeks (60 contact hours).

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Darren Broder
515 Loudon Road
Siena College
Albany, NY 12211