Greater Chicagoland PICUP Workshop 2024


Saturday, September 21, 2024


  • Lewis University, Main Academic Building, Room AS-158-A
  • Address: One University Parkway, Romeoville, IL 60446
  • Parking: Visitor Lot D off University Drive North
  • Coordinates: 41°36'24.95"N 88°04'49.27"W; 41.606927, -88.080348


Who Should Attend

Any physics educators from around the Chicagoland area (or anywhere else if you're willing to travel!) 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 guided working time wherein participants will explore tested exercises, and will build an outline that will serve as the beginning of a plan for integrating computational activities into their specific courses. 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.

NOTE: This is the first reconvening of the Chicagoland workshop post-COVID. If you have attended one or both of the previous two workshops (2018 or 2019) you are absolutely welcome and encouraged to return. In addition to the introductory topics, intended for faculty who have little or no experience integrating computational activities into their physics courses, or for prior attendees who would like refreshers, there will be concurrent sessions with advanced and other topics of computational and pedagogical interest.


Registration is now open--hit that big green button below!

Registration: $25

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The Registration deadline is September 17, 2024

Registration includes lunch!

Poster Session

If you have experience in integrating computational activities into your undergraduate or high school physics courses, and would like to display and discuss your work in this area, there will be a formal poster session during the day on Saturday. Please consider bringing a poster detailing your computational pedagogical efforts.

Workshop Schedule

Tentative Schedule for Saturday, September 21 (more specifics on workshop sessions coming soon!)

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

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

9:30-10:50 Session I

10:50-11:00 BREAK

11:00-12:30 Session II

12:30-1:00 Lunch

1:00-1:15 Workshop Photo

1:15-2:00 Session III

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:

Ryan Hooper, Department of Physics, Lewis University

Joseph Kozminski, Department of Physics, Lewis University

Kelly Roos, Department of Economics and Finance, Bradley University

Anthony Escuadro, Physical Science Department, Harold Washington College

Andrew Morrison, Department of Natural Sciences, Joliet Junior College