2023 Boston and New England PICUP Workshop

Open up bold new teaching horizons with computational activities

ALERT: The Boston workshop has been postponed until later in 2023. The new date will be announced here soon.


Saturday, May 27, 2023, 9:15am - 4:00pm Postponed


  • Tufts University, Collaborative Learning and Innovation Complex (CLIC), Room 401
  • Address: 574 Boston Ave, Medford, MA 02155
  • Parking: Dowling Hall Garage (Campus Visits/Admissions), 419 Boston Avenue, Medford, MA 02155
  • Coordinates: 42°24'12"N 71°06'50"W; 42.40351069,-71.11394464


The pic above on the right is a participant tunneling into the Tufts CLIC, and getting trapped at the workshop!

Who Should Attend

Any physics educators within striking distance of the Boston area that want to energize their physics courses! The scope of this workshop is appropriate for physics teachers from high schools, 2-year colleges, and 4-year colleges and universities. 

The workshop will include demonstrations and discussions about various aspects of integrating computational activities into physics courses at all levels from introductory to advanced. There will also be time allotted for extended questions and discussion with workshop coordinators in a small group setting. Finally, by participating in this workshop participants will become plugged into a growing and supportive community of like-minded physics educators dedicated to improving the physics curriculum. The support system includes a repository of developed computational materials as well as dedicated online and personal community support.


Early Bird
(Deadline: May 19, 2020)

(including walk-in on May 27)

$10 $15

Registration includes lunch!

Local Hotels

A Cambridge House Inn

Hyatt Place Boston/Medford

Porter Square Hotel

Sheraton Commander Hotel

Workshop Program

Tentative Schedule for Saturday, May 27

8:30-9:15 Arrival, Registration, and Continental Breakfast

9:15-9:30 Welcome, Introductions, and Workshop Goals

9:30-10:50 Session I: How computation can allow students to go beyond typical curricular topics, Part 1

10:50-11:00 BREAK

11:00-12:30 Session II: How computation can allow students to go beyond typical curricular topics, Part 2

12:30-1:00 Lunch

1:00-1:15 Workshop Photo

1:15-2:00 Session III: Important physics skills: Making spaces, Computational sense-making, and Writing

2:00-2:10 BREAK

2:10-3:45 Small Groups

3:45-4:00 Wrap Up

Questions/Need help?

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

Tim Atherton, Tufts University

Walter Freeman, Syracuse University

Danny Caballero, Michigan State University

Kelly Roos, Bradley University

Jay Wang, UMass Dartmouth