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Name: PHYSICS 1ST Modeling Workshop with PYRET
School/Institution: STEMteachersNYC, Co-sponsored by Teachers College, Columbia University
Department/Unit: Math, Science, and Technology Dept.
City: New York
State: NY
Opportunity Type: Modeling Workshop
Teacher Status: Inservice
Teacher Level: High School
Description: This workshop is for high school modelers in NY State and nationwide; selection is competitive.

PRIORITY to 9th grade physics teachers (i.e., PHYSICS FIRST: pcb or pbc sequence).

E-mail your advance inquiries to Fernand Brunschwig (Fernand AT  

LOCATION: Teachers College, Columbia University, 525 W 120th St. NYC

PEER LEADERS: Colleen Megowan-Romanowicz, Rebecca E. Vieyra, Shriram Krishnamurthi

CONTENT: Integrated computational modeling using Bootstrap's Pyret language in Modeling Physics First

ORGANIZERS: Prof. Fernand Brunschwig, Teachers College, Columbia University (AMTA Board, member-at-large).  Rebecca Vieyra, AAPT K-12 Program Manager:

21 teachers will join last year's 9 participants, who are using Pyret now to help students develop deeper conceptual models in mechanics. They are also creating modules to use in the Modeling cycle as an additional representation for student thinking. For example, they are using computational definitions of elements of state to more precisely define physical systems, and they are helping students to write, modify, and debug programs that demonstrate accurate or inaccurate motions of objects in frictionless environments.

In the 2016 preliminary workshop, participants developed computational modeling resources to support students' understandings of (1) qualitative energy, (2) constant velocity, (3) uniform acceleration, (4) inertia and force pairs, and (5) Newton's 2nd law.

This summer, participants will revise and refine modules, and develop new modules.  Fun and challenging!

Link to Modeling Instruction and the American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA).
Start Date: 07/31/2017
End Date: 08/18/2017
Duration: 3 weeks M-F
Application Deadline: 06/02/2017
Opportunity Website:
Application Link: send inquiries to
Sponsor Link:

Benefits and Requirements

Cost: FREE. $3000 stipend. competitive
Benefits: Stipend
Travel Reimbursement
Professional Development/CEU
optional graduate credit - extra cost
Benefit Explanation: The workshop is funded by 100Kin10 and the National Science Foundation.

An additional $500 stipend for academic year involvement.

6 graduate credits from Aurora Univ ($100/cr), or 3 grad credit at SUNY Empire State.

Lodging, meals, and travel expenses are paid.

Housing possibilities at and near workshop (525 West 120th St., New York, NY 10027). (Unofficial list)

Marrakech Hotel (mention "STEMteachersNYC" to see if any special deals are still being offered) Marrakech Hotel (2688 Broadway, at West 103 St., NY, NY 10025; 212.222.2954, 866.546.8353;  The Marrakech is located 17 blocks (less than 1 mile) south of Teachers College, at W 103 St stop of the #1 subway.

A Youth Hostel is at 104th and Amsterdam, 16 blocks (.8 mile) from Teachers College:

Dormitory-type rooms at Teachers College:
    Rooms have twin bed and bathroom but no kitchen, with access to shared kitchen facilities.

Two other nearby organizations:
Union Theological Center:

International House:
212.316.6300 and other, similar websites offer a wide variety of housing options in NY City. Hoboken, Newark, and other NJ locations are also worth exploring because there are trains into Manhattan, especially the PATH trains, many of which connect with the #1, 2 and 3 subway lines and thus offer a relatively fast trip to Teachers College.
Citizenship Requirement: U.S. Citizen
Other Prerequisites: •  Experience teaching physics (8/9th Grade Physics First is preferred)
•  Completed at least one Modeling Instruction in Physics workshop
•  Implemented Modeling Instruction successfully in their physics classrooms
•  Interest in integrating computer science and physics (No prior computer science experience is necessary.)
•  Evidence of being an innovative teacher in their instructional approach, curriculum development, and/or educational technology

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Fernand Brunschwig
New York, NY 10027