The Workshops

Workshop Weeks: July 24-28 and July 31 – August 4 2017

  • Each discipline is limited to 12 participants/week, average 6:1 student to instructor ratio.
  • Select one or two intensive 40-hour week-long sessions for BOTH chemistry and physics.  Additional workshops in Biology (week 1) and electricity (week 2)
  • Workshop fees include continental breakfast & lunch.
    Workshop leaders:

  • Thomas Pfeiffer has over 14 years modeling instruction experience at Bellows Free Academy, Vermont
  • Shannon McLaughlin:  Modeling practitioner since 1999, completed 5 modeling workshops through ASU (mechanics, E&M, advanced modeling, Integrated math and science, CIMM), has led summer workshops in mechanics since 2011 in Iowa and Michigan.
  • Melissa Nolan: Biology master modeling instructor will teach a one week introduction to creating models in biology.
  • Director: Jamie Vesenka, Professor of Physics, University of New England, has 18 years modeling college level instruction experience and will teach a one week workshop on electricity.

The workshops on both chemistry and physics teaching thoroughly address all aspects of middle & high school teaching, including the integration of teaching methods with course content for chemistry and physics classrooms. Special emphasis will be placed on modeling conceptual development and integrating technology appropriate for the middle and high school.  The week 1 biology workshop provides an introduction to evolution by natural selection.  The week 2 electricity unit will cover electrical properties of matter, electric forces, electric fields, electric potential and electric energy.

All week 1 participants will be introduced to the Modeling Method as a systematic approach to the design of curriculum and instruction. Participants will be instructed on computer hardware and software selection, techniques for laboratory data collection and analysis, and internet use to help them become experts on the best uses of technology in education. Participants will be given techniques to deliver in-service training and help in strengthening local teacher alliances.  Week 2 participants must have received at least one week of modeling instruction previously as they are more content heavy and require modeling instruction foundation.

Biology Week 1 Workshop Description

Content from first semester high school biology (9th and 10th grade) content.  Participants in this course will be introduced to the pedagogy used to implement this mode of instruction, exploring paradigm labs that collect data used to build models, which will be implemented, refined, and revised.:

Week one
1. Evolution
2. Natural Selection

Chemistry Two Week Workshop Description

Content from first semester high school chemistry or introductory middle school physical science is organized around seven basic models to simplify structural coherence:

Week one
1. Physical properties of Matter
2. Energy and States of Matter I: Particles in Motion
3. Energy and States of Matter II: Sticky Particles
4. Describing Substances

Week two
5. Counting Particles Too Small to See
6. Particles With Internal Structure
7. Chemical Equations
8. Stoichiometry

Physics Two Week Workshop Description

Content from first semester high school physics or introductory middle school physical science is organized around seven basic models to simplify structural coherence:

Week one
1. Measurement and Graphing with an emphasis on linearization.
2. Constant Velocity Particle Model
3. Constant Acceleration Particle Model
4. Free Particle Model (∑F=0)
5. 2-D Particle Model (Projectile Motion)

Week two
6. Constant force Particle Model (∑F=ma)
7. Energy Model
8. Central Net Force Particle Model(Circular Motion)
9. Impulsive Force Particle Model (Momentum)

Electricity week 2 Workshop Description

Content from first semester high school physics on electricity and circuits:

Week two
1. Electrical properties of matter
2. Electric force and field
3. Electric potential and energy
4. DC electrical circuits
5. Optional information on magnetism provided – subject of follow up workshop.

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