PICUP Summer 2020 Virtual Workshop

Integrating Computation into Your Introductory Physics Course

A free online workshop for faculty without previous experience inserting computation into their courses

A very basic primer on integrating computation with easy-to-use, readily available computational tools.

Recording: Learning Goals and Ways to Integrate Computation

Recording: Creating A Spreadsheet Simulation

Recording: Benefits & Challenges of Computation

Recording: Getting Involved with PICUP

Tuesday, July 14, 2020:  Main Workshop and Small Groups -- 12 PM - 4 PM Central Time

Wednesday, July 15, 2020: Small Groups Help Session -- 12 PM - 1 PM Central Time

Thursday, July 16, 2020: Participants Showcase & Conclusion -- 12 PM - 1:30 PM Central Time



Workshop Scope

The purpose of the workshop is to introduce participants to several basic examples of computational activities that can be readily implemented in introductory physics courses. The participants will be guided in building a computational model for some of these activities in spreadsheet and browser-based programming environments, with a view towards demonstrating just a few of the myriad possibilities for exposing introductory students to computation. The workshop will also include a discussion on benefits and challenges involved in integrating computation, and practical ways to start out by inserting an activity or two (or more as comfort allows) into introductory courses. Participants will also be provided with a brief tour of the PICUP website, and encouraged to get plugged into the larger PICUP community for ongoing support in their pedagogical efforts.

Who Should Attend

Both college and high school faculty are welcome. If you have little or no prior experience with integrating computation into an introductory course, and you would like help finding out how to get started, we encourage you to attend! Even if you have never before considered the possibility of having a computational exercise into an introductory course, this workshop is for you!

Registration is now closed.


Tuesday, July 14 - Session 1 (all times Central time zone)

12:00 - 12:30 PM Introduction, Workshop Agenda, PICUP Website and Collections
12:30 - 1:00 PM Importance of Learning Goals and Computation Implementation Space
1:00 - 2:00 PM Work through example using spreadsheets
2:00 - 3:00 PM Work through example using Glowscript or Trinket
3:00 - 3:45 PM Benefits and Challenges of Integrating Computation
3:45 - 4:00 PM Wrap-up and HW assignment


Wednesday, July 15 - Session 2 (all times Central time zone)

12:00 - 1:00 PM Small Group Help Session: Meeting with Small Group Leader


Thursday, July 16 - Session 3 (all times Central time zone)

12:00 - 1:00 PM Participants Showcase
1:00 - 1:15 PM Conclusion and Post-Workshop Support


Questions/Need Help?

If you have any questions, or would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact one of the workshop coordinators.