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Name: Mechanics Modeling Workshop near Houston
School/Institution: Carl Wunsche Sr High School
Department/Unit: Science
City: Spring
State: TX
Opportunity Type: Modeling Workshop
Teacher Status: Preservice
Teacher Level: High School
Description: For teachers of physics, physical science, and math nationwide. (High school teachers of all sciences will benefit and are welcome to register. Preservice high school science teachers are welcome to register too.)

The Modeling Workshop in mechanics is an intensive 3-week course with these goals:
1. educate teachers in use of a model-centered, guided inquiry method of teaching and at the same time improve their content knowledge,
2. help participants integrate computer courseware effectively into the science 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 main objective of the 1st summer Modeling Workshop in mechanics is to acquaint teachers with all aspects of the modeling method and develop some skill in implementing it. To that end, teachers are provided with a fairly complete set of written course materials to support instruction organized into coherent modeling cycles (as described in Wells et al., 1995). The physical materials and experiments are simple and quite standard, already available in any reasonably equipped physics classroom.

Each participant will design and carry out a series of investigations that use the Modeling Method. They will practice Socratic questioning techniques that will enable them to foster scientific discourse among students. They will develop skills in authentic assessment. Each participant will keep a daily journal book of problems solved, labs done, personal notes and reactions to activities and readings, and expected student difficulties with ways to address them.Throughout the course, teachers will be asked to reflect on their practice and how they might apply the techniques they have learned in the course to their own classes.

Modeling Instruction is completely aligned with the eight scientific practices outlined in the NRC Framework for K-12 Science Standards.

Peer leaders:  Nicholas Park and Maikel Garcia
Location: Carl Wunsche Sr. High School, 900 Wunsche Loop, Spring, TX
8:00am to 4:30pm MTWTh  (no Friday sessions.)

Teachers can register for each segment independently, but they must be taken in sequence.
Week 1: Introduction to Modeling and Kinematics
Week 2: Dynamics and Projectile Motion
Week 3: Energy, Circular Motion, Momentum
(For example, if you have taken a 1-week Modeling Workshop in kinematics, you can start with Week 2. Or if you teach math, consider taking Weeks 1 and 2 only.          

For questions about workshop design, please e-mail Maikel Garcia:

Click here to learn more about the Modeling Instruction Program or visit to find information on Modeling Workshops nationwide and to view possible strategies on how to gain funding to attend.
Start Date: 06/11/2012
End Date: 06/28/2012
Duration: 3 weeks (MTWTh)
Application Deadline: 05/21/2012
Opportunity Website:
Application Link:
Sponsor Link:

Benefits and Requirements

Cost: $375 for 1 week; $515 for 2 weeks; $595 for 3 weeks (recommended!)
Benefits: Professional Development/CEU
Benefit Explanation: Make check payable to Spring ISD. Please send your registration form and check by May 21st, 2012. (If you register after that date, you must buy your own materials.)

Mail checks and registration forms to:
Carl Wunsche Sr High School
c/o Michelle Davila
900 Wunsche Loop
Spring, TX 77373
Other Prerequisites: 2 semesters of algebra-based college physics are highly recommended.

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Maikel Garcia
Science Dept, Carl Wunsche Sr High School
900 Wunsche Loop
Spring, TX 77373
Phone: 281-891-7650