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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: Middle School
High School
Description: Content: kinematics and dynamics
Peer leader: Chad Hodgkins

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: 07/27/2015
End Date: 08/07/2015
Duration: 2-weeks preferred - 8 hour/day. Limited space for 1-week introduction.
Application Deadline: 07/11/2015
Opportunity Website:
Application Link:
Sponsor Link:

Benefits and Requirements

Cost: $1250 for two weeks (preferable!), $650 for one week
Benefits: Housing
Professional Development/CEU
College Transcript Credit
Benefit Explanation: Registration includes instructional materials, 1-year trial membership in the American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA), continental breakfasts, lunches.

Housing: free to single participants. (Limited free housing. Deadline May 30. Reserve with Jeanne Meggison: )

Meals: Free homemade lunches included with workshop.

Optional graduate credit: 2 credits/week for $250. Ask Prof. James Vesenka for details:, 207-749-7913

If you prefer to find your own housing, here are options.
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