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School/Institution: STEMteachersNYC
Department/Unit: Trinity School, Science Dept.
City: New York
State: NY
Opportunity Type: Modeling Workshop
Teacher Status: Inservice
Teacher Level: High School
Description: This NEW type of mechanics Modeling Workshop is for high school physics and physical science teachers worldwide! NO prior experience in coding is needed. NO prior Modeling Workshop is needed.

LOCATION: Trinity School, West 91st St & Columbus Ave. in Manhattan

PEER LEADER: Joshua Rutberg & other expert physics teachers.

CONTENT: computational modeling in mechanics, using Bootstrap's Pyret language.

ORGANIZER: Prof. Fernand Brunschwig, Teachers College, Columbia University (AMTA Board, member-at-large).  

Help students develop deeper conceptual models in mechanics by this additional representation for student thinking. For example, use computational definitions of elements of state to more precisely define physical systems, and teach students to write, modify, and debug computer programs that model motions of objects in frictionless environments.

Participants will practice using computational modeling resources to support students' understandings of (1) qualitative energy, (2) constant velocity, (3) uniform acceleration, (4) inertia and force pairs, and (5) Newton's 2nd law.

Fun and challenging!

Need funding ideas to pay the registration? Link to Modeling Instruction and the American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA).
Start Date: 07/23/2018
End Date: 08/10/2018
Duration: 2 weeks M-F
Application Deadline: 07/02/2018
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: Housing & local travel: see

Housing possibilities near 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:

Two other nearby organizations:
Union Theological Center:

International House:
212.316.6300 and other, 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: •  Experience teaching physics
•  Interest in integrating computer science and physics (No prior computer science experience is necessary.)

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Fernand Brunschwig
New York, NY 10027