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Name: mechanics/engr Modeling Workshop at Iowa State University
School/Institution: Iowa State University
Department/Unit: Institute for Transportation
City: Ames
State: IA
Opportunity Type: Modeling Workshop
Teacher Status: Inservice
Teacher Level: High School
Description: This workshop on Modeling Instruction with transportation-related engineering projects is for physics and physical science teachers nationwide. Iowa teachers have priority.

APRIL 17 UPDATE: Jennifer Serra wrote, "We have 14 applications, and we could possibly accommodate as many as 20 total participants. Please extend your posting until May 1st.... This course would be free for out of state teachers. I am waiting on my quote from housing for the cost of staying in our dorms. I believe it is $500 total for the 3 weeks. Our office is located off campus so there is no cost for parking and no permit required."

Modeling Workshops provide a structured inquiry approach to high school science teaching that incorporates computer technology and insights from physics education research.

Peer leader: Mr. Shannon McLaughlin
For questions on registration and logistics, contact Jennifer Serra:, 515-294-4401.

Participants will:
• Learn effective strategies in Modeling Instruction developed by Arizona State University (Modeling Mechanics)
• Plan and carry out investigations, argue from evidence, and create and evaluate models
• Develop classroom strategies to help students develop skills consistent with the Next Generation Science Standards
• Participate in seminars with transportation experts from the Iowa DOT and InTrans
• Collaborate with other educators to develop modeling based and transportation-themed lessons to use in the classroom.

Modeling Instruction is aligned with the eight scientific practices outlined in the NRC Framework for K-12 Science Education. Program goals are fully aligned with National Science Education Standards.

The program cultivates teachers as school experts on effective use of guided inquiry in science teaching, thereby providing schools and school districts with a valuable resource for broader reform.

The Modeling Method helps teachers (1) foster students' development of STEM skills including collaboration, communication, and math integration; (2) effectively integrate technology into science teaching and learning; (3) assess student understanding of science content in meaningful and authentic ways; (4) improve or refine students' understanding of physics content; (5) organize course content around scientific models; (6) develop an engaging, robust, non-lecture based teaching methodology.

Modeling Workshop Objectives
    * provide high school teachers with a strong rationale for instructional design and pedagogical practice,
    * provide teachers with a unifying approach to different levels of a physics course,
    * build community among physics and physical science educators,
    * improve student learning of physics.

Major Activities
    * Teachers begin the workshop with an introduction to modeling.
    * Teachers work on modeling activities, first as students and then as teachers.
    * Each modeling cycle begins with students developing a conceptual model that describes and/or explains a physical phenomenon. Students learn to use multiple representations (numerical data, graphs, symbolic relationships, diagrams, maps, and linguistic interpretations) to express the model.
    * Students deploy the conceptual model in various situations to generalize their understanding. They test/refine designs and gain ability to control physical phenomena.
    * Students interpret each deployment and publicly negotiate appropriateness in model-centered discourse: presentations, discussions, and Socratic questioning.

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: 06/10/2019
End Date: 06/28/2019
Duration: 3 weeks M-F
Application Deadline: 05/01/2019
Opportunity Website:
Application Link:
Sponsor Link:

Benefits and Requirements

Cost: Free to teachers nationwide! Iowa teachers have priority & get $2100 stipend.
Benefits: Stipend
Professional Development/CEU
College Transcript Credit
Benefit Explanation: • Stipend $700 per week for Iowa teachers (after completing program requirements).
• Dorm housing provided in Ames if needed. Ask Jennifer Serra:
• All activities to take place near Iowa State University.
• College credit options available.
* Iowa participants can apply for $500 grant for classroom/lab materials.

Flying? Des Moines airport is closest: about 45 minutes drive from dorm.
Other Prerequisites: For Iowa and nationwide physics and physical science teachers.

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Mr Shannon McLaughlin
Norwalk High School
Norwalk, IA