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Name: Mechanics Modeling Workshop: 1 or 2-week in Maine
School/Institution: Kennebunk Community Resource Center
City: Kennebunk
State: ME
Opportunity Type: Modeling Workshop
Teacher Status: Preservice
Teacher Level: High School
Description: This Modeling Workshop is for teachers worldwide.

Content: Week 1, kinematics & dynamics  
              Week 2, energy, circular motion & momentum

    The workshop on physics teaching addresses most aspects of high school teaching, including integration of teaching methods with course content for physics classrooms.  Special emphasis will be placed on modeling conceptual development and integrating technology appropriate for middle and high school.
     Participants will be introduced to the Modeling Method, developed at Arizona State University, as a systematic approach to design of curriculum and instruction.  Participants will be instructed on computer hardware and software, techniques for laboratory data collection and analysis, and internet use to help them become more expert on best uses of technology in education.

The modeling cycle is described at

Physics Workshop Goals
The first-week option is not a full-fledged Modeling Workshop, but is a 40-hour introduction to modeling pedagogy. Modeling Instruction is a complex transformative pedagogy. Experience has shown that most teachers require at least three weeks of intensive workshop to begin to implement it. A second Modeling Workshop is highly recommended to deepen and broaden one's understanding.

Details of workshop content:
     The first-week concentrates on modeling pedagogy through use of whiteboards and Socratic dialog with an exposure to teaching kinematics and dynamics:
* Data collection and graphing
* Constant velocity particle model
* Constant acceleration particle model
* Free particle model (SumF = 0)
* Constant force particle model (SumF=ma)

     The second week continues applying use of modeling pedagogy to look at more challenging physics content including:
* Combined free and constant force particle motion: projectiles
* The impulsive force model: conservation of momentum
* The central force model: circular motion
* Conservation of energy

An overview is at the AMTA   webpage on curriculum storylines.

Click here to learn more about Modeling Instruction 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: 07/22/2019
End Date: 08/02/2019
Duration: Two separate weeks - 8 hours/day.  Limited space available (12 max, each week)
Application Deadline: 07/10/2019
Opportunity Website:
Application Link:
Sponsor Link:

Benefits and Requirements

Cost: In 2018, cost was $1400 for two weeks (recommended!), or $800 for one week
Benefits: Housing
College Transcript Credit
Benefit Explanation: Registration includes instructional materials, 1-year trial membership in the American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA) for 1st-timers, continental breakfasts, homemade hot lunches.

Limited FREE housing in homes of local residents: deadline is June 1. Contact Dan MacDonald  at

Many dinner options are available locally, independent from workshop.  Often can cook meals at host home as well.  

Optional graduate credit: 3 credits/week, contact James Vesenka for details:, 207-749-7913. Teachers who register for graduate credit must start course on Sunday.

Optional private accommodations at market rates are available locally in this popular resort area, though reservations should be made early. If you prefer to find your own housing, here are options.
Other Prerequisites: 2 semesters of college-level algebra-based physics are highly recommended.
    Second week participants are expected to have taken a week-long introduction to physics modeling instruction either previously in Kennebunk or other modeling workshop location.

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: James Vesenka
FPUU Kennebunk c/o summer workshops
114 Maine Street
Kennebunk, ME 04043
Phone: 207-749-7913