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Name: Mechanics Modeling Workshop in Loundonville, NY (Albany area)
School/Institution: Siena College
City: Loundonville
State: NY
Opportunity Type: Modeling Workshop
Teacher Status: Preservice
Teacher Level: High School
Description: CANCELLED in May 2017, due to low enrollment.

This Modeling Workshop is open to physics and physical science teachers worldwide.

PEER LEADER: Darren Broder

The Modeling Workshop in Mechanics is an intensive 2- or 3-week course with these goals:
1. educate teachers in use of a model-centered, guided inquiry, interactive engagement method of teaching and at the same time improve their content knowledge,
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 in mechanics is to acquaint teachers with all aspects of the modeling method and develop some skill in implementing it. To that end, teachers are provided with a fairly complete set of written course materials to support instruction organized into coherent modeling cycles. (The modeling cycle is described at The physical materials and experiments are simple and quite standard, already available in any reasonably equipped physics 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 of the nine units in the mechanics 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, the research that is the basis of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

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: 07/17/2017
End Date: 07/28/2017
Duration: 10 days. Meet all day M-F
Application Deadline: 06/09/2017
or until filled
Opportunity Website:
Application Link: Contact Darren Broder at the email below to register.
Sponsor Link:

Benefits and Requirements

Cost: $700/participant + Optional $400/4 graduate credits in education
Benefits: Housing
Professional Development/CEU
College Transcript Credit - 2 miles from college.
Benefit Explanation: The cost includes workshop materials and a 1-year membership in the AMTA.  The cost also includes morning refreshments and lunch for the 10 days.  The College is able to offer on-campus housing for $75/night.  The College is also able to offer a breakfast/dinner option to interested participants.  The cost is roughly $8-9 for breakfast and $11-12 for dinner.
Other Prerequisites: Two semesters of trigonometry-based college physics.

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Darren Broder
515 Loudon Road
Siena College
Albany, NY 12211