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Computational Modeling in Physics First with Bootstrap


Summer 2019 Workshop: TBD

Join a collaborative project to learn about and implement computational modeling in Physics First. If you are an 8th or 9th grade Physics First teacher in a U.S. school, apply to join a fully-funded, stipended workshop to learn computational modeling to enhance your physics teaching. During this workshop, participants will learn how to integrate computational representations along with graphical, algebraic, pictoral, and verbal representations of physics concepts into research-based Modeling Instruction practices. No programming or Modeling Instruction experience is necessary.

Applications are closed for consideration for the Summer 2018 workshop -- interested candidates are still able to complete the application form, and will be considered on a waiting list for the 2019 workshop.

Read about this project in the project overview, or click the links below:

Project Overview

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.

Access CURRICULAR MATERIALS developed by this project. Please note that these materials are intended for use in a Modeling Instruction approach. 

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.

This grant supports collaborative efforts between the AAPT, American Modeling Teachers Association, Bootstrap, and STEMteachersNYC.

In August 2016, this project brought together 12 New York area middle school and high school Modeling physics teachers to learn programming using the Pyret language from the team that developed the nationally-recognized Bootstrap project to teach algebra to students through computer science. During the workshop, participants developed curricular resources - compatible with Modeling Physics First courses - that they implement throughout the remainder of the school year. In August 2017, a total of 30 teachers came together to revise, expand, and develop additional curricular resources and instructional approaches.
Learn more about the status of this project at the links below:

To learn more about this initiative, contact AAPT K-12 Program Manager Rebecca Vieyra at rvieyra@aapt.org.


Computational Modleing Poster Part 1

Why CM Part 2

2018 Summer Propagation Workshop, Chicago
Computational Modeling 2018 Workshop2017 Summer Development Workshop, NYCComputational Modeling 2017 Workshop2016 Summer Development Workshop, NYC2016 Computational Modeling in Physics First Workshop


Press Release (15 September 2016)



100Kin10 Award

Press Release (13 April 2016)


For more details and information about K12 Programs, please contact Rebecca Vieyra, K12 Program Manager, at rvieyra@aapt.org