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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 & physical science teachers worldwide.

Peer leader:  Jeff Steinert
Location: ASU Bateman Physical Sciences Center, Tempe. H-356
      8am to 3:30pm MTWTh, 8am to noon F
Course title: PHS 530: Methods of Teaching Physics I              

For questions, 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 workshop (same dates).

Modeling Instruction is aligned with the eight science practices outlined in the NRC Framework for K-12 Science Education, the research basis of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

An overview is at the AMTA   webpage on curriculum storylines.

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: 06/08/2020
End Date: 06/26/2020
Duration: 3 weeks (MTWThF)
Application Deadline: 05/31/2020
Opportunity Website:
Application Link:
Sponsor Link:

Benefits and Requirements

Cost: $400 noncredit, or ~$2000 ASU in-state tuition/fees -- in Feb., 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 course registration one week or less before a course begins.) Students 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 .

Non-credit option: $400 registration (need not apply to ASU. $200 for teachers who must pay out-of-pocket and cannot get reimbursed). Contact to inquire.

On-campus housing can be arranged (private room, shared bath) for ~$780 (+ $25 linens optional). Beautiful low-cost family housing in upscale Scottsdale, 7 miles north of campus. Contact Jane Jackson.

The Phoenix Sky Harbor airport is 5 minutes away by taxi or light rail. The Phx/Mesa Gateway airport is roughly 20 miles to the east.
Other Prerequisites: Prerequisite: 2 semesters of college physics. The workshop is for
*  high school and post-secondary physics & physical science teachers and
*  those who intend to start teaching physics or physical science 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