• 20 Jan 2020 9:45 AM | Nancy Michaelsen (Administrator)

    Good day to you, science education partner,

    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: jvesenka@gmail.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 dbroder@siena.edu

    ·        $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 dbroder@siena.edu

    ·        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

    unsubscribe, email wendy@modelinginstruction.org 


    Wendy Hehemann

    American Modeling Teachers Association

    Workshop and Outreach Coordinator

    wendy@modelinginstruction.org  gheheman@asu.edu

    www.modelinginstruction.org 480-854-4764


  • 13 Jan 2020 9:40 AM | Nancy Michaelsen (Administrator)
    Hello NJAAPT,

    I did this a few times last year, and it is very satisfying. They have large scale exhibits presented to hundreds or thousands of members of the public.

    If you're able to volunteer, use the links below. 

    Scott Orshan

    -------- Forwarded Message --------

    Dear City of Science Volunteers,

    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.

    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. 

    We are presently working on developing the new exhibits. After you have signed up, using the forms above, we will follow up with an additional form to indicate your TOP 3 exhibit preferences -- with a few new options! We’ll be in touch a week ahead of either event to let you know your exhibit assignment and provide an introduction to your exhibit team.

    City of Science reaches thousands of families a year. Thank you 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!

    Caroline Gelb, Kate Foster, and the City of Science team

    Volunteer Services

    World Science Festival

    worldsciencefestival.com | Facebook | Twitter

  • 30 Dec 2019 10:19 AM | Anonymous

    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:

    o   For details and registration

    Our Modeling Workshop Hosts and Leaders already have many summer workshops planned. The workshops can be searched by location and by content areaWe 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/

  • 25 Sep 2019 3:47 PM | Nancy Michaelsen (Administrator)

    Please join us on October 17th from 5:30 - 7:30 PM for the Fall meeting of the New Jersey Physics Teacher Advisory Group (NJ-PTAG).  Come learn about a professional development and research opportunity, discuss lesson planning possibilities for block vs. "regular" schedules, and seek out or provide advice for early-career physics teachers.  

    In addition to engaging with colleagues and gaining new ideas for teaching, participants receive FREE PHYSICS- FOCUSED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT HOURS from The College of New Jersey (TCNJ).

    The NJ-PTAG is an initiative of TCNJ’s NSF-funded Robert Noyce Physics Teacher Education Scholarship Program.  This regional network for physics teachers serves to promote new collaborations, an exchange of physics-teaching ideas, and opportunities to mentor and support early-career physics teachers.  Membership is open to all practicing high school physics teachers and mentors in the region, prospective physics teachers at TCNJ and other NJ colleges, and physics teacher education faculty at TCNJ and other NJ colleges.  NJ-PTAG meetings are held at least twice per year.

    Please join us!

    When:  Thursday, October 17th, 5:30 – 7:30.  Food will be provided.

    Where: TCNJ Physics and Math Building (formerly called the Science Complex), Room P309

    Cost:  Free.


    ·        Network with local colleagues.  

    ·        Learn about opportunities to participate in professional development and research regarding the use of spreadsheet models for physics as part of an NSF grant awarded to one of your colleagues (Michael McConnell, Spreadsheet Lab Manual, formerly from Cinnaminson High School).

    ·         Participate in a discussion about block schedule lesson planning and what works for block vs. "regular" schedules (Craig Halpern, Ewing High School)    

    ·         Provide advice to newer teachers and pre-service teachers in a "new teacher advisory roundtable discussion."  Early-career and pre-service teachers are invited to bring their questions and concerns and experienced teachers are asked to bring time-tested advice and thoughts about what they wish they had known when starting out.     



    ·        Credit for two hours of professional development, certified by TCNJ.  (Note that it is up to each participant to confirm acceptance of these PD hours by his/her school district.)

    ·        Reimbursement for travel in the form of a $15 Wawa gift card.


    Directions and Parking:  TCNJ’s campus is located at 2000 Pennington Rd., Ewing, NJ, 1.5 miles south of exit 72 on I-295 (old exit 4).   We have arranged to have the gates open (beginning at 5:00) for parking Lots 1 and 2, which are the closest to the Physics and Math Building.  No permit is required.  Should those lots be full, additional parking is available in Lot 4.  A map of campus and parking options is available here: https://parking.tcnj.edu/parking-map/

    RSVP: Please respond to this email by Friday, October 11th  to let us know that you plan to attend or to express interest in hearing about future NJ-PTAG events and opportunities.

    ***WHEN YOU RSVP, please tell us if you currently have block-scheduling at your school.  We invite you to bring along samples of successful block lessons to share. 

    Please feel free to share this invitation and to contact us with any questions you may have.  We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, October 17th!




    Dr. Nathan Magee
    Associate Professor of Physics
    Principal Investigator, NSF/Noyce Physics Teacher Education Program at TCNJ
    The College of New Jersey



    Dr. Melissa Chessler

    Assistant Program Director

    Robert Noyce Physics Teacher Education Program

    The College of New Jersey


  • 11 Sep 2019 4:31 PM | Nancy Michaelsen (Administrator)


    Our annual fall demo day will be Saturday, October 12th at West Chester East HS.

    A light and informal breakfast will start around 8:30am, with demonstration sharing from 9 to about 12.

    This is always a popular and fun event. All members are encouraged to attend and SHOW OFF one of your favorite demos, gadgets, "hacks", etc. We traditionally just sign up to present on the spot. It's really fun.

    Contact Art Zadrozny (artzadrozny@gmail.com), this year's host, with any questions regarding facilities.

    Can't wait to see you there!

  • 12 Feb 2019 7:09 PM | Anonymous

    The Physics Department of Rutgers University is currently accepting applications from high school students to participate in the 9th Annual Summer Workshop on Particle Physics and Cosmology. 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 using the analysis tools used by research physicists.  In addition, students will get hands-on experience at collecting cosmic ray data and designing and carrying out their own cosmic ray experiments using particle detectors. Participating students will be expected to prepare and give a presentation with a group of fellow students at the conclusion of the program.

    Graduates from previous years have highly praised the program and have found it to be of great help in deciding on areas of study in college.  Participation in this program also helps to demonstrate a strong interest in science when applying for college admission.

    The program will consist of engaging activities, fun demonstrations, interesting guest lecturers, tours of different labs at Rutgers, one special trip, and opportunities to work with other highly motivated students from around New Jersey. 

    The program will require students to spend about 20 hours on pre-workshop preparation using materials and activities that will be provided.

    The program will meet weekdays (Monday through Friday) for two weeks at Rutgers University, Piscataway Campus, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM each day from Monday, July 8, 2018 to Friday, July 19, 2018. 

    This program is sponsored by QuarkNet, an organized outreach program of the US high energy physics community, supported in part by the National Science Foundation and the Office of High Energy Physics, Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy.  The program is also supported by the Physics Department of Rutgers University.

    Application Deadline: April 12, 2019

    The program is free for the students.

    Information and Permission Form

  • 26 Nov 2018 10:10 PM | Nancy Michaelsen (Administrator)

    Workshop:  How to Study Physics

    Information Flyer click here           

    • How hands-on, interactive labs can strengthen your students’ readiness for college Physics
    • What students need to know to be successful
    • Aligned to NJ Learning Standards in Science and Mathematics
    • Use simple, inexpensive techniques
    • Deepen understanding
    • Correct common misunderstandings

    Given by: 

    The Center for Pre-College Programs

    Professor Gordon Thomas, NJIT Physics Dept.

    NJIT Excellence in Teaching Awardee;  Teacher of Freshman Physics


    Thursday  Feb. 7,  2019   

    9:00 am – 2:30 pm           


    NJIT Campus, University Heights, Newark, NJ

    Parking free in NJIT multi-level garage


    $50   (registration until 1/24/19, by mail, or on Eventbrite site)

    Eventbrite link here

    Registration Form click here (to mail/send in)

  • 03 Sep 2018 9:59 AM | Anonymous

    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:

    Part 1

    Part 2

    Part 3

    Part 4

    Part 5

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