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Name: CASTLE electricity Modeling Workshop
School/Institution: Arizona State University
Department/Unit: Physics
City: Tempe
State: AZ
Opportunity Type: Modeling Workshop
Teacher Status: Preservice
Teacher Level: Middle School
High School
Description: Open to teachers nationwide.

Peer leader: Agatha Andersen
Trainee: Kirticia Jarrett
Location: Bateman Physical Sciences Center, Room H-357
8am to 3:30pm MTWTh, 8am to noon F
course title: PHS 594: Modeling Workshop in CASTLE Electricity

After a day of reviewing their classroom experiences using Modeling Instruction, teachers work through activities, discussions and worksheets, alternating between student and teacher modes, much as they did in the 1st Modeling Workshop in Mechanics. Throughout the course, teachers are asked to reflect on their practice and how they might apply the techniques they learn in the course to their own classes.  

The original Capacitor Aided System for Teaching and Learning Electricity (CASTLE) was developed by a group of university and high school educators/researchers as a hands-on approach to instruction in electricity.

The Modeling-modified CASTLE approach allows for more open-ended investigations and classroom discussion of the underlying models. With more opportunities to whiteboard results and deployments, the Modeling Instruction version enables students to develop a deep understanding of fundamental concepts in electricity, without a heavy emphasis on formulas.

For questions, please e-mail Jane Jackson:

Click here to learn more about the Modeling Instruction Program or visit to find information on ASU Modeling Workshops and to view possible strategies on how to gain funding to attend. Click here to learn more about the American Modeling Teachers Association and other Modeling Workshops nationwide.
Start Date: 06/10/2019
End Date: 06/28/2019
Duration: 3 weeks (MTWThF)
Application Deadline: 05/28/2019
Opportunity Website:
Application Link:
Sponsor Link:

Benefits and Requirements

Cost: $400 noncredit, or $1967 ASU instate tuition/fees
Benefits: Professional Development/CEU
College Transcript Credit
Benefit Explanation: 3 graduate credits optional. (ASU charges a late fee of $50 for course registrations after 1 week before a course begins.) Students must have proof of MMR immunity on file at the ASU Student Health Center before registering for a course.

Arizona teachers can apply for partial tuition scholarships. Contact Jane Jackson for details.

Limited number of non-credit seats: $400 registration (need not apply to ASU. Half-price for teachers who must pay out-of-pocket and cannot get reimbursed). Contact to inquire.

Campus housing can be arranged (private room, shared bath:$780 (+$25 linens, optional). Beautiful low-cost family housing in upscale Scottsdale, 7 miles north of campus. Contact Jane Jackson.

Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix is a 5-minute drive by taxi or light rail. Mesa Gateway Airport is roughly 20 miles to the east.
Other Prerequisites: A Modeling Workshop in mechanics or physical science, of at least 2 weeks.

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Jane Jackson
Department of Physics, Arizona State University
Box 871504
Tempe, AZ 85287-1504
Phone: 480-965-8438