Massachusetts Association 
of Science Teachers

Physics and Physical Science Modeling

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 10:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


This Modeling Workshop is open to physics and physical science teachers worldwide who have had a minimum of 2 weeks Modeling Workshop in physics.

PEER LEADER: Darren Broder

Physics Electricity and Magnetism Workshop

Prerequisite: a mechanics Modeling Workshop of minimum 2 weeks duration or instructor permission.

GOALS: Each Modeling Workshop is an intensive 2- or 3-week course with these goals:

1. Educate teachers in use of a model-centered, guided-inquiry, interactive engagement method of teaching.

2. Help participants integrate computer courseware effectively into the curriculum.

3. Help teachers make better use of national resources for science education.

4. Establish electronic network support and a learning community among participants.

5. Strengthen local institutional support for participants as school leaders in disseminating standards-based reform in science education.

The E&M workshop borrows extensively from work of Bruce Sherwood and Ruth Chabay. There are 3 units in electricity: Charge and Field, Potential, and Circuits. The circuit unit is unique at high school level, as it leads students through surface charge as the mechanism for setting up different strength fields in conductors of circuits. The magnetism unit begins by investigating the field of a current-bearing wire, then fields of permanent magnets, then force on a particle in a field, then force on a current-bearing wire in a field, and then electromagnetic induction and Faraday's Law. 

Click here to learn more about Modeling Instruction and the American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA) or visit  to find information on Modeling Workshops nationwide and strategies to seek funding (if needed) to participate.

Start Date:       07/31/2017

End Date:        08/11/2017


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