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Name: Electricity Modeling Workshop: 1 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 science teachers worldwide.

Dates: July 31-August 4, 2017.
Content: Electricity
Leader: Jamie Vesenka
Prerequisite: a mechanics Modeling Workshop of at least 2 weeks duration

     Participants will continue to practice 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 week-long course is drinking-by-fire-house exposure to electricity.
Workshop content will include microscopic models & modeling of:
  * Electrostatic force
  * Electric field, potential, and energy
  * Electric current, resistance and power.
The workshop borrows extensively from work of Bruce Sherwood and Ruth Chabay. There are 3 units in electricity: Charge and Field, Potential, and Circuits. The circuit unit is unique at high school level, as it leads students through surface charge as the mechanism for setting up different strength fields in conductors of circuits.

We intend to offer a follow-up week in summer 2018, concluding the electricity units and then focusing on magnetism. The magnetism unit begins by investigating the field of a current-bearing wire, then fields of permanent magnets, then force on a particle in a field, then force on a current-bearing wire in a field, and then electromagnetic induction and Faraday's Law.

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. Follow-up Modeling Workshops in subsequent years are highly recommended to deepen and broaden one's understanding.

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: 07/31/2017
End Date: 08/04/2017
Duration: One week - 8 hour/day workshop.  Limited space available (12 max) covering E&M with a field approach and GeoGebra
Application Deadline: 07/10/2017
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Application Link:
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Benefits and Requirements

Cost: $800 for one week, includes E&M kit
Benefits: Housing
College Transcript Credit
Benefit Explanation: Registration includes instructional materials, 1-year trial membership in the American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA), continental breakfasts, lunches.

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

Meals: Free homemade lunches included with workshop.

Optional graduate credit: 3 credits/week for $125/credit. Ask Prof. Jamie Vesenka for details:, 207-749-7913

If you prefer to find your own housing, here are options.
Other Prerequisites: a mechanics Modeling Workshop of at least 2 weeks duration.
Experience teaching high school electricity is assumed.

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: James Vesenka
c/o FPUU Kennebunk/Modeling Workshop
164 Summer Street
Kennebunk, ME 04043
Phone: 207-749-7913