Computational Modeling in Physics First with Bootstrap
Summer 2018 Workshop: July 9-20, Chicago, IL APPLY HERE
Applications will close on February 28, 2018. Selected candidates will be notified no later than early April. (Curious to learn more about this opportunity and computational modeling? Register for a webinar, Computational Modeling with Pyret, to be held on January 25th from 8-9PM ET.)
Teachers of Physics First courses are invited to join the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), the American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA), and Bootstrap's Pyret team for a 2-week professional development workshop in Chicago from July 9-20, 2018. This training workshop will introduce physics teachers to computational modeling as one of many ways to represent and deepen understanding about physics concepts, alongside more traditional representations such as graphs, equations, diagrams, and verbal descriptions. This workshop will also introduce participants to evidence-based physics, which is heavily reliant upon the use of these representations to formulate mental models of physical concepts. No prior experience in programming or Modeling Instruction is required to participate in this workshop.
Computational thinking is widely recognized as an essential skill for the future workforce and success in STEM. This grant engages teachers in professional development to plan and implement classroom instruction in algebra-based Physics First courses that integrates computational modeling (one aspect of computational thinking) through two existing, widely used approaches - Modeling Instruction for physics and Bootstrap for computational modeling. This program is especially focused on combating many equity concerns associated with student access to physics sand computer science. Working with Physics First teachers will allow this project to impact student populations which will be demographically more diverse than students historically enrolled in standalone computer science courses or upper-grade physics courses. Read more about "Why Computational Modeling in Physics."
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