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Name: E&M Modeling Workshop: 1 or 2 weeks in Maine
School/Institution: Kennebunk Community Resource Center
City: Kennebunk
State: MA
Opportunity Type: Modeling Workshop
Teacher Status: Preservice
Teacher Level: High School
Description: This Modeling Workshop is for science teachers worldwide.

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 first week 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 will use GeoGebra to generate 3D electric potential and force representations.

Week 2 summarizes the electricity units and launches into magnetism. The magnetism unit begins by investigating the fields of permanent magnets followed by the magnetic field surrounding a current-bearing wire.  We will use GeoGebra to generate 3D magnetic field representations.  We will examine force on a charge in a field, the magnetic force on a current-bearing wire, and lastly 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: 07/23/2018
End Date: 08/03/2018
Duration: 8 hour/day workshop.  Limited space available (12 max) covering E&M with a field approach and GeoGebra
Application Deadline: 07/10/2018
Opportunity Website:
Application Link:
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Benefits and Requirements

Cost: $800 for one week, includes E&M kit. Or $1400 for 2 weeks.
Benefits: Housing
College Transcript Credit
Benefit Explanation: Registration includes instructional materials, 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. Contact James 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
FPUU Kennebunk c/o summer workshops
114 Main Street
Kennebunk, ME 04043
Phone: 207-749-7913