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Name: WAVES/SOUND Modeling Workshop in NYC
School/Institution: STEMteachersNYC
Department/Unit: Trinity School, Science Dept.
City: New York
State: NY
Opportunity Type: Modeling Workshop
Teacher Status: Preservice
Teacher Level: High School
Description: This workshop on Modeling Instruction is a sequel to the mechanics Modeling Workshop. It is for high school physics and physical science teachers nationwide.

CANCELLED on May 20, 2018, due to low enrollment.

LOCATION: Trinity School, West 91st Street at Columbus Ave. in Manhattan
PEER LEADER: Michael Crofton
CONTENT: mechanical waves & sound
PREREQUISITE:  a mechanics Modeling Workshop of minimum 2 weeks.

Michael Crofton taught Physics, Chemistry, and other sciences for 32 years in Minnesota and he has led many Modeling Workshops (Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism, and Mechanical Waves & Sound) since 1999. Direct questions about content to Michael: croftmd AT

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, chemistry, biology, & computational modeling. See the listings on this website or for more details and links to the registration pages.

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.

GOALS: Each Modeling Workshop 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.
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.

In this course teachers will work through coherent model-centered materials to develop a deep understanding of content and how to teach it effectively.  The primary focus is on first-year physics courses that incorporate algebra and trigonometry.  In this workshop there is less emphasis on why we believe that modeling is superior to conventional instruction, since we assume that teachers coming back to take a follow-up course have come to accept this as true.   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, much as they did in the 1st Modeling Workshop in Mechanics.

Strategies for getting funding to support attendance:
Start Date: 07/30/2018
End Date: 08/17/2018
Duration: 3 weeks (15 days)
Application Deadline: 05/15/2018
Opportunity Website:
Application Link:
Sponsor Link:

Benefits and Requirements

Cost: $608 before May 16 ($758 after May 15) if you cannot get financial support.  $1058 otherwise
Benefits: Professional Development/CEU, optional graduate credit - extra cost
Benefit Explanation: Graduate credits optional: $125/credit.

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. (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 at W 103 St stop of the #1 subway.

A Youth Hostel is at 104th and Amsterdam:

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 the workshop.
Other Prerequisites: a mechanics Modeling Workshop of minimum 2 weeks (60 contact hours); 3 weeks preferred (90 contact hours)

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Fernand Brunschwig
New York, NY 10027