Next Generation Physics and Everyday Thinking (NextGen PET) Workshop

February 8, 2018 in College Park, Maryland

The 2018 NextGen PET Workshop will be held prior to the 2018 PhysTEC Conference.

Adapting the Next Generation Physical Science and Everyday Thinking suite of curriculum materials for your own course(s)

In this one-day workshop, learn about an NGSS-based course for prospective elementary teachers using the comprehensive and flexible set of Next Gen PET materials for students and instructors. These materials have been prepared for small lab style (Studio) courses and large (Lecture) courses. A new Hybrid implementation that fully supports a general education lecture/lab schedule will also be presented.


Workshop registration is $25 and is now open. Register here!

Travel Support

Apply here for travel support if you are considering implementing a version of PET at your institution.

About the Curriculum

Next Gen PET is a ready-to-implement curriculum intended primarily for university courses in physics or physical science for prospective elementary teachers. There is sufficient material for a one-semester (quarter) course or a two-semester (two-quarter) sequence. Next Gen PET is also appropriate for general education courses on conceptual physics or physical science, science methods courses, or workshops for in-service teachers. Next Gen PET materials are flexible and modular, and instructors can use them in a variety of ways, depending on audience, time, and learning objectives. Development of Next Gen PET was supported by National Science Foundation DUE 1044172, with additional support from the Chevron Foundation and the S. D. Bechtel Foundation. The Next Gen PET FOLC is supported the NSF DUE-1626496. The adaptation of the curriculum to include the hybrid version and support for this travel opportunity is supported by the NSF DUE-1611738.

Visit for a brief description of Next Gen PET and a Table of Contents of the materials