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Name: Mechanics Modeling Workshop for NYS Regents courses
School/Institution: STEMteachersNYC, co-sponsored by Teachers College, Columbia University
Department/Unit: Math, Science, and Technology Dept.
City: New York
State: NY
Opportunity Type: Modeling Workshop
Teacher Status: Preservice
Teacher Level: High School
Description: This workshop is for high school physics and physical science teachers worldwide, but it will also show how the modeling units also align with New York State Regents physics courses. Pre-service physics teachers, as well as college faculty, are welcome.  

LOCATION: Teachers College, Columbia University, 525 W 120th St. NYC, 10027
PEER LEADER(s): Zhana Glazenburg and Steven Lance

Offered by STEMteachersNYC, an affiliate of the American Modeling Teachers Association.  Visit for more information.

Note: Other Modeling Workshops offered at this location are mechanics, middle school science, and e&m. See the listings on this website or for more details and links to the registration pages.

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Note: An e&m Modeling Workshop, a 2nd semester/advanced chemistry Modeling Workshop, and a Middle School Science Modeling Workshop are offered.

Modeling Instruction focuses on key selected physics models and uses a process-oriented inquiry approach that is extremely effective in helping students develop independence and problem-solving ability. Immersing teachers in an environment where they see the instruction from the point of view of the students is key to strengthening the intertwined mechanics content knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge.

1. Educate teachers in use of a model-centered, guided-inquiry, interactive engagement method of teaching mechanics concepts that are fundamental to all sciences.
2. Help participants integrate computer courseware effectively into the 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 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 will be provided with a fairly complete set of written curriculum materials to support instruction, organized into coherent modeling cycles. (The modeling cycle is described at The physical materials and experiments in the curriculum are simple and quite standard, already available in most physics classrooms.

To develop familiarity with materials necessary to fully implement this approach in the classroom, we find that teachers must work through the activities, discussions and worksheets, alternating between student and teacher modes. Each of the eight units in the mechanics course manual includes an extensive Teacher Notes section.

Each of the eight units is based on a specific point particle model, organized in a progressive sequence, as follows: a) Constant velocity model; b) Uniform acceleration model; c) Free particle (balanced force) model; d) Constant, unbalanced (net) force model; e) Constant vertical, and zero horizontal, acceleration particle model (i.e., combining a and b); f) Circular motion model; g) Momentum transfer process model; and h) Energy transfer process model. 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.

Link to Modeling Instruction and the American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA).

Strategies for getting funding to support attendance:
Start Date: 07/17/2017
End Date: 07/28/2017
Duration: 3 weeks M-F
Application Deadline: 07/10/2017
Opportunity Website:
Application Link:
Sponsor Link:

Benefits and Requirements

Cost: $350 per week. You can request a formal invoice from NYC DOE Vendor Number: STE-068881. Ready-to-use letter for requesting support is available at application link above. E-mail your purchase order to or send via US mail to STEMteachersNYC, 245 W 107 St. #10B, NY, NY 10025.
Benefits: Professional Development/CEU
optional graduate credit - extra cost
Benefit Explanation: 4 graduate credits from Aurora Univ ($100/cr), or 2 grad credit at SUNY Empire State.

Lodging, meals, and travel expenses are the responsibility of the participant or school district.

There is an extraordinary variety of possibilities for summer housing in the NYC metro region.

Below is a list of just some of the housing possibilities at and near the workshop (525 West 120th St., New York, NY 10027). (Unofficial list)

Marrakech Hotel (mention "STEMteachersNYC" to see if any special deals are still being offered) Marrakech Hotel (2688 Broadway, at West 103 St., NY, NY 10025; 212.222.2954, 866.546.8353;  The Marrakech is located 17 blocks (less than 1 mile) south of Teachers College, at W 103 St stop of the #1 subway.

A Youth Hostel is at 104th and Amsterdam, 16 blocks (.8 mile) from Teachers College:

Dormitory-type rooms at Teachers College:
Rooms have twin bed and bathroom but no kitchen, with access to shared kitchen facilities.

Union Theological Center:

International House:
212.316.6300 and similar websites offer a wide variety of housing options in NY City, Hoboken, Newark, and other NJ locations are also worth exploring because there are trains into Manhattan, especially the PATH trains, many of which connect with the #1, 2 and 3 subway lines and thus offer a relatively fast trip to Teachers College.
Other Prerequisites: Two semesters of college-level algebra-based physics.

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Fernand Brunschwig
New York, NY 10027