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Name: Mechanics Modeling Workshop & 1-week Intro in Maine
School/Institution: FPUU Kennebunk
City: Kennebunk
State: ME
Opportunity Type: Modeling Workshop
Teacher Status: Preservice
Teacher Level: High School
Description: June 25 update: openings still exist in both workshops in Kennebunk, ME! Some FREE housing, too.

Content: kinematics and dynamics
Peer leaders: Chad and Dean Meggison:

An electricity module is available as an add-on, with details provided on the workshop website.

The workshop on physics teaching addresses most aspects of high school teaching, including integration of teaching methods with course content for physics classrooms.  Special emphasis will be placed on modeling conceptual development and integrating technology appropriate for middle and high school.
     Participants will be introduced to the Modeling Method, developed at Arizona State University, as a systematic approach to design of curriculum and instruction.  Participants will be instructed on computer hardware and software, techniques for laboratory data collection and analysis, and internet use to help them become more expert on best uses of technology in education.

The modeling cycle is described at

The first-week option is not a full-fledged Modeling Workshop, but is an introduction to modeling pedagogy. Modeling Instruction is a complex transformative pedagogy. Experience has shown that most teachers require at least three weeks (or 80 to 90 contact hours) of intensive workshop to begin to implement it.

Click here to learn more about the Modeling Instruction Program and the American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA) or visit to find information on Modeling Workshops nationwide and strategies to seek funding (if needed) to participate.
Start Date: 07/28/2014
End Date: 08/08/2014
Duration: 2-weeks preferred - 8 hour/day. Limited space for 1-week introduction.
Application Deadline: 07/10/2014
Opportunity Website:
Application Link:
Sponsor Link:

Benefits and Requirements

Cost: Same as in 2013: $1250 for two weeks, $650 for one week
Benefits: Housing
Professional Development/CEU
College Transcript Credit
Benefit Explanation: Housing: free to single participants. (Limited free housing)
Meals: Free continental breakfast and homemade lunches included with workshop.
College transcript credit may be available at extra cost, if participants ask the organizer, a few months before the workshops start.
Other Prerequisites: 2 semesters of college-level algebra-based physics are highly recommended.

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Dean Meggison
c/o FPUU Kennebunk/Modeling Workshop
164 Summer Street
Kennebunk, ME 04043
Phone: 207-985-0074