Free Coding Resources from Girls Who Code + $300 Clubs Fund!
Girls Who Code, an international nonprofit working to close the gender gap in technology, offers free coding resources to New Jersey physics teachers. There is no risk, no cost and no computer science experience is required. You can then claim $300 from our Clubs fund for snacks, field trips or equipment. We offer free t-shirts too! Our free coding curriculum can be used during the school day in class as an elective supplemental resource or as part of another after school club, such as a physics club or as a resource for physics competitions. Code can be used for physics equations in Java, to create simulations using C++, Python and Java graphics, using Raspberry Pi for physics simulations and more. There are hundreds of schools and organizations in New Jersey using our free resources and we would love to have more physics teachers join our Clubs community. If you would like more information, please contact Girls Who Code’s NJ representative, Eve Balick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA)
Modeling Instruction is designated as an Exemplary K-12 science program and a Promising Educational Technology program by the U.S. Department of Education. Modeling Workshops™ are peer-led. Content is reorganized around basic models to increase its structural coherence. Participants are supplied with a complete set of course materials and work through activities alternately in roles of student or teacher, as they practice techniques of guided inquiry and cooperative learning. Models and theories are the purpose and the outcomes of scientific practices. They are tools for engineering design and problem solving. Thus, modeling guides all other practices. A short video introduces Modeling Instruction:
And recently, we shared AMTA podcast series with our members; if you want to listen to what David Hestenes, Brenda Royce, Colleen Megowan-Romanowicz and Larry Dukerich have to share, visit the Science Modeling Talks:
Our Modeling Workshop Hosts and Leaders already have many workshops planned. The workshops can be searched by location and by content area. We have Modeling Workshops in Physics (mechanics, waves, E&M, Computational Modeling Physics 1st), Chemistry (1st and 2nd semester), Biology (1st and 2nd semester), Middle School and Physical Science.
The Modeling Instruction pedagogy works very nicely with the Next Generation Science Standards, to see how well, check out the diagrams:
World Science Festival and City of Science
City of Science reaches thousands of families a year with large scale exhibits presented to the public. Thank you to NJ teachers for volunteering with us in the past and sharing your enthusiasm for STEM. Please share this volunteer opportunity and encourage friends, colleagues and students (high school-aged and older) to volunteer.
We hope to see you at City of Science and World Science Festival events in the future!
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Current Tension in Cosmology Talks Available on YouTube
If you missed our one day meeting at Rutgers on July 18th, the talks on Current Tension in Cosmology are available at the links below: