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Name: Mechanics Modeling Workshop in Tucson
School/Institution: Pima Community College
Department/Unit: Physics & Geological Sciences Department
City: Tucson
State: AZ
Opportunity Type: Modeling Workshop
Teacher Status: Preservice
post-secondary physics faculty
Teacher Level: High School
Description: Update: Cancelled in late May, due to insufficient enrollment.

This workshop is open to all high school physics and physical science teachers worldwide. Students preparing to teach science as well as college faculty are welcome.

Modeling Instruction is useful for science teaching at any level, and key concepts of kinematics and Newtonian mechanics are directly relevant to all sciences.

Peer leader: Kelli Gamez Warble. Kelli has used Modeling Instruction since 1994. She has led many Modeling Workshops in mechanics. Kelli will be assisted by Karie Meyers and Phil Gilbert.

Location: Karie Meyer's physics classroom at the west campus of Pima Community College. 4905 E. Broadway Blvd, Tucson 85709

Days & time: 8:30am to 4pm MTWThF            

For more information and/or to commit to register, please contact the Workshop Director, Karie Meyers:

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

To develop familiarity with the materials necessary to fully implement them in the classroom, we find that teachers must work through the activities, discussions and worksheets, alternating between student and teacher modes. Each unit in the course manual includes an extensive Teacher Notes section. Throughout the course, teachers are 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 aligned with the eight science practices outlined in the NRC Framework for K-12 Science Education.

Click here to learn more about the Modeling Instruction Program 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: 06/16/2014
End Date: 07/03/2014
Duration: 3 weeks (MTWThF)
Application Deadline: 05/26/2014
tentative; or until filled
Opportunity Website:
Application Link: forthcoming
Sponsor Link:

Benefits and Requirements

Cost: $500 (includes instructional materials and a set of whiteboards)
Benefits: Professional Development/CEU
Benefit Explanation: CEU credit will be given for 96 hours, but graduate credit won't be available.

A membership in the AMTA (American Modeling Teachers Association) and all the modeling materials will be given to participants, as well as a few tools, such as whiteboards.

For housing suggestions, please contact Karie Meyers.

Tucson has a major airport.
Other Prerequisites: Prerequisite: 1 semester of college physics. The workshop is for
*  high school physics and physical science teachers and
*  those who intend to begin teaching high school physics or physical science next year.
Post-secondary physics faculty are welcome, too.

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Karie Meyers
Chair, Physics and Geosciences
Pima Comm College, 4905 E Broadway Road
Tucson, AZ 85709
Phone: 520-206-6695