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Name: mechanics Modeling Workshop at ASU
School/Institution: Arizona State University
Department/Unit: Physics
City: Tempe
State: AZ
Opportunity Type: Modeling Workshop
Teacher Status: Preservice
Teacher Level: High School
Description: For high school and post-secondary physics teachers worldwide.
[Note: another section, June 4-21, will be held at Estrella Mountain Community College in Avondale. Same costs, same opportunities. NO FRIDAY classes in that section.]

Peer leader:  Jeff Steinert
Location: ASU Bateman Physical Sciences Center, Tempe
      8am to 3:30pm MTWTh, 8am to noon F
Course title: PHS 530: Methods of Teaching Physics I              

For questions, please e-mail Jane Jackson:

The Modeling Workshop in Mechanics is an intensive 3-week course with these goals:
1. educate teachers in use of a model-centered, guided inquiry 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.

Analogous goals and objectives apply for the 1st semester chemistry (June 11-29, 2018) workshop.

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 the Modeling Instruction Program or visit to find information on these workshops and to view possible strategies on how to gain funding to attend.  Click here to learn more about the American Modeling Teachers Association and other Modeling Workshops nationwide.
Start Date: 06/11/2018
End Date: 06/29/2018
Duration: 3 weeks (MTWThF)
Application Deadline: 05/28/2018
Opportunity Website:
Application Link:
Sponsor Link:

Benefits and Requirements

Cost: About $1955 ASU in-state tuition -- see
Benefits: Professional Development/CEU
College Transcript Credit
Benefit Explanation: 3 graduate credits optional.

The ASU application fee is $70. (ASU charges a late fee of $50 for
ASU applications that are not paid by May 13, and another late fee of $50 for course registration after May 28.) Students born after 1956 must have proof of MMR immunity on file at the ASU Student Health Center before registering for a course.

Arizona teachers can apply for partial tuition scholarships. Contact .

Limited number of non-credit seats: $400 registration (need not apply to ASU). Contact to inquire.

On-campus housing can be arranged (private room, shared bath) for $670 (+ $23 linens optional). Beautiful low-cost family housing in upscale Scottsdale, 7 miles north of campus. Contact Jane Jackson.
Other Prerequisites: Prerequisite: 2 semesters of college physics. The workshop is for
*  high school and post-secondary physics teachers and
*  those who intend to start teaching physics next year, and
*  teachers in the ASU MNS degree program with concentration in physics.

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Jane Jackson
Department of Physics, Arizona State University
Box 871504
Tempe, AZ 85287-1504
Phone: 480-965-8438