Greater Chicagoland PICUP Workshop


Saturday, September 29, 2018, 8:30am-4:00pm


  • 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 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 computational 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.


Registration: $12

Registration deadline: Sept. 22

Register here


Local Hotel Info

Tentative Schedule

8:30-9:00 Registration & Coffee

9:00-9:15 Welcome, Introductions and Goals of Workshop

9:15-10:15 Build Falling Sphere Model in Excel - Computational Model of Air Resistance

10:15-10:30 BREAK

10:30-11:15 Models for integrating Computation and the computation Implementation Space (CIS)

11:15-12:00 Student Panel - Student Perspectives on Integrating Computational Activities into Undergraduate Courses

12:00-12:45 Working Lunch: Challenges to Integrating Computational Activities into Physics Courses

12:45-1:00 Challenges Wrap-up

1:00-1:30 Learning Goals and Objectives - What do you want your students to be able to do?

1:30-2:00 What computational activity(ies) do you want to integrate into your course(s).  How do you want to integrate it(them)?

  • Produce a brief written outline

2:00-3:30 Small Groups/Optional Tutorials - Possible sessions: 

  • Specific Programming Platforms/Languages
  • Individual Faculty Concerns
  • Departmental-level concerns
  • Explore PICUP Repository
  • Individual Guidance for Building and Integrating Computational Activities
  • Community Support
  • How to Assess Computational Activities

3:30-4:00 Wrap-up