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Upcoming Events

  • PICUP Fall 2023 Webinar Series: Computational Data Science with Jupyter Notebooks: An Undergrad/Graduate-Level Course Offered in Different Formats

    Monday, December 4, 2023 @ 5:00pm PST | 6:00pm MST | 7:00pm CST | 8:00pm EST

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    Modern computational methods are increasingly becoming an essential tool throughout physics. However, their practical use within Physics is often built upon combined knowledge of computational methods and physics that are taught separately. We present a course that provides realistic, contemporary examples of how computational methods apply to physics research, and deliver this content via interactive Jupyter notebooks. This course, titled "Computational Data Science in Physics," was delivered in several different modalities from 2021 to 2023, ranging from online modules on the MITx Online platform (using Open edX), to a full semester, graduate-level course at MIT. For the online modules, we developed interactive problem graders for coding problems and organized content to promote active learning (e.g., lecture videos intermixed with exercises). Each module culminated in a Final Project, where students applied what they had practiced in previous lessons towards a recent (Nobel prize winning) data set (e.g., LIGO and LHC data). Importantly, we ensured that notebooks were accessible to learners in several formats in order to broaden the modes with which learners could engage with the content.

  • Greater Chicagoland PICUP Workshop 2024

    Integrating Computation into Physics Courses
    Date: September 21, 2024
    Location: Lewis University

    Any physics educators from around the Chicagoland area (or anywhere else if you're willing to travel!) that want to energize their physics courses should attend! 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.  

    Registration will open on June 1, 2024!
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Recent News

  • PICUP recognized with 2023 APS “Excellence in Education Award”

    APS recognized the PICUP organization for "developing an active, inclusive, and supportive community of physics educators dedicated to integrating computation into their instruction; creating, reviewing, and disseminating instructional materials; and generating knowledge of computation in physics curricula and of effective practices."

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