Active Learning in Introductory Physics Courses: Research-Based Strategies that Improve Student Learning—July 12-14, 2020, Portland, Oregon
Designed for those who teach introductory physics at universities, colleges and high schools. Graduate credit will be available through the University of Oregon.*
Instructors: David Sokoloff, University of Oregon and Ronald Thornton, Tufts University
Participants will be introduced to research-validated, classroom-tested strategies for each component of the introductory course that have been demonstrated
to improve learning. These include Interactive Lecture Demonstration (ILDs), RealTime Physics (RTP) labs, Collaborative Problem-Solving Tutorials, Workshop
Physics (WP), Physics with Video Analysis (PVA), and related online video analysis exercises. The course will also include the use of video analysis to identify
analytic functions describing real data. Among other more recent developments are (1) 3rd edition RTP E & M labs using video analysis, (2) ILDs using clickers,
(3) online homework using Interactive Video Vignettes (IVVs), and (4) distance learning and in class labs using the self-contained, wireless IOLab (or other wireless
data acquisition devices). Topics will be chosen from both semesters of introductory physics. Research on the effectiveness of these strategies will also be
discussed. The tools and software used in these active learning curricula are compatible with Macintosh and Windows OS, and with the popular interfaces and sensors.
Participants will receive complimentary printed copies of the curricula (published by Wiley and Vernier, and also available for high school use as the ABP High School E-dition).
The course fee is $225. (Early bird registration until May 15 is $195.)
* Up to three graduate credits from the University of Oregon will be available for an additional $100/credit.
For more information and to register: http://pages.uoregon.edu/sokoloff/CHAUT.htm
The Physics and Astronomy Department of Rutgers University is currently accepting applications from high school students to participate in the 10th Annual Summer Workshop on Particle Physics, Cosmology and Quantum Computing. In this program, students will learn about the most important fundamental open questions being addressed in physics today. Students will gain first-hand knowledge of research in fundamental particle physics by analyzing actual data from the Large Hadron Collider at the CERN laboratory in Switzerland. Students will also get hands-on experience collecting cosmic ray data and designing and carrying out their own cosmic ray experiments using particle detectors. Information on applying can be found here.
Free Coding Resources for New Jersey Physics Teachers + $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. To obtain our free online curriculum, please submit this form. 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.
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We hope you will, once again, share the information with your community:
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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nG7SOc0Rnks
The workshop hosts and leaders are working hard to get the 2020 Modeling Workshops planned and scheduled.
For the complete list (which is constantly updated) please go to: https://www.modelinginstruction.org/professional-development/upcoming-workshops/summer-2020/
James Vesenka will again offer Modeling Workshops in Kennebunk, Maine:
· July 13-24: chemistry, biology and physics (mechanics)
· Tentative: July 27-31: chemistry II and waves
· For more information, contact James Vesenka: email@example.com
In Massachusetts, STEMteachersMassBay will host the following workshop as Needham High School:
· July 6-17: biology I and middle school
· July 27-Aug 7: chemistry I and II, biology II and mechanics
· For more information, please visit the STEMteachersMassBay site: https://www.stemteachersmassbay.org/workshop-registration
Darren Broder will offer physics workshops in New York and Massachusetts:
Merrimack College, North Andover, MA
· E&M: July 27-Aug 6
· Contact Darren Broder firstname.lastname@example.org
· $1495.00/participant covers lunch, morning refreshments, all materials, and 3 graduate credits for the 8 days
Siena College, Loudonville, NY
· Intro to Mechanics Modeling: July 6-9 - $30 registration fee
· E&M: July 13-23 - $650.00/participant which covers lunch, morning refreshments, and all materials for the 8 days of the workshop
· For more information, contact Darren Broder email@example.com
· Dorm rooms are available on a first come first serve basis for $75.00/night
· Graduate level credits available from University of Pacific
PS: AMTA now has podcasts, if you want to know what David Hestenes has to share, for example, please check out the recordings at Modeling Science Talk: https://sciencemodelingtalks.com/ with a big thank you to Mark Royce.
PPS: Save the date for the 2020 Annual AMTA Conference June 19-21 at Arizona State University in Tempe
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We're starting the new year announcing another exciting round of City of Science events!
Can you join the team for our upcoming City of Science events, in the Bronx on February 9th, 2020 and in New Jersey, on March 21st, 2020? We hope you can join us for brand new exhibits and more eager STEM-loving families.
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Our Winter 2020 City of Science event dates are listed below. Let us know your availability by signing up; please note each event has a separate sign up form linked below.
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Now that you are on your winter break, you may have time to look at professional development, either online or face to face for the summer!
The American Modeling Teachers Association will offer distance learning Modeling courses for the 2020 spring. The distance learning courses are synchronous sessions, 3 hours each, using the Zoom platform with video and break-out sessions. The leaders will dive deep into the Modeling pedagogy and use simulations and videos if labs cannot be conducted in participants’ own time.
· Intro to Modeling, a 15 week course hosted on Tuesday evenings 7-10 pm EST, starting January 14, 2020:
o For details and registration
· Advanced Topics for Middle School Modeling, a 5-week course hosted on Wednesday evenings from 7-10 pm EST, starting January 15, 2020:
o For details and registration
· Electricity & Magnetism Modeling course, a 15 week course hosted on Thursday evenings from 7-10 pm EST , starting January 16, 2020:
Our Modeling Workshop Hosts and Leaders already have many summer 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: https://www.modelinginstruction.org/connections-to-ngss-and-21st-century-skills/ And recently, we shared the 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: https://sciencemodelingtalks.com/
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: