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Name: Mechanics Modeling Workshop: 1 or 2-week 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 teachers worldwide.

Instructor: Matt Watson
Content: Week 1, kinematics & dynamics and Week 2, energy, circular motion, & momentum

    The workshop on physics teaching addresses most aspects of high school teaching, including integration of teaching methods with course content for physics classrooms.  Special emphasis will be placed on modeling conceptual development and integrating technology appropriate for middle and high school.
     Participants will be introduced to 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 option is not a full-fledged Modeling Workshop, but is a 40-hour introduction to modeling pedagogy. 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. A second Modeling Workshop is highly recommended to deepen and broaden one's understanding.

Details of workshop content:
     The first-week concentrates on modeling pedagogy through the use of whiteboards and Socratic dialog with an exposure to a kinematics and dynamics to teaching physics:
* Data collection and graphing
* Constant velocity particle model
* Constant acceleration particle model
* Free particle model (SumF = 0)
* Constant force particle model (SumF=ma)

     The second week continues applying the use of modeling pedagogy to look at more challenging physics content including:
* Combined free and constant force particle motion: projectiles
* The impulsive force model: conservation of momentum
* The central force model: circular motion
* Conservation of energy

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: 07/22/2018
End Date: 08/03/2018
Duration: Two-separate weeks - 8 hour/day workshop.  Limited space available (12 max) kinematics & dynamics (7/24-28), conservation models (7/31-8/4).
Application Deadline: 07/10/2018
Opportunity Website:
Application Link:
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Benefits and Requirements

Cost: $1400 for two weeks (recommended!), or $800 for one week
Benefits: Housing
College Transcript Credit
Benefit Explanation: Registration includes instructional materials, 1-year trial membership in the American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA) for 1st-timers, 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 pending: 3 credits/week, contact James Vesenka for details:, 207-749-7913

If you prefer to find your own housing, here are options.
Other Prerequisites: 2 semesters of college-level algebra-based physics are highly recommended.
    Second week participants are expected to have taken a weeklong introduction to physics modeling instruction either previously in Kennebunk or other modeling workshop location.

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: James Vesenka
FPUU Kennebunk c/o summer workshops
114 Maine Street
Kennebunk, ME 04043
Phone: 207-749-7913