03/14/2017 04:00 pm

Webinar series: Coding in the Physics First Modeling Class

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The use of computers in our science classrooms for data collection and analysis has been a hallmark of Modeling Instruction for almost 30 years

Coding in the Physics First Modeling Class




March 14th at 7 pm EDT; 6 pm Central, 5 pm Mountain and 4 pm Pacific (and AZ).


The use of computers in our science classrooms for data collection and analysis has been a hallmark of Modeling Instruction for almost 30 years, but from the computational thinking standpoint, the process by which data is represented on our devices remains, for most of us, (teachers and students alike) a "black box." In fall of 2016 AMTA, AAPT and STEMteachersNYC were awarded NSF funding to merge computer programming with Modeling Physics (with an initial focus on Physics First) to equip students with flexible, powerful tools and skills for computational thinking and modeling. In this webinar we will take a look at this project's rationale, its goals and the plan to attain them. This program represents a response to calls for computer programming to become a required element of K12 education in line with the nation initiative, Computer Science for All, unveiled in President Obama's January 2016 State of the Union message. During this session we will discuss this modeling initiative and consider its continued progress.


This session will be hosted by Colleen Megowan-Romanowicz. Colleen was a highly experienced physics teacher who built a highly successful physics first program in her high school prior to learning of modeling instruction at a 1998 at a workshop in UC Davis. She was a leader of a team that developed modeling physics second semester materials and later moved to Arizona to pursue her masters and PhD work at Arizona State University. As a faculty member at ASU she secured NSF funding to build a Masters of Natural Science degree program for middle school science and mathematics teachers, where she mentored over 60 teachers. In 2011 she became AMTA's first Executive Officer and devoted her unbounded energies and experience to guide it through an impressive period of growth. She is currently AMTA's first Senior Fellow, and continues to lead its research efforts.

In order to provide as many people as possible the opportunity to attend our webinars, we allow more people to register for the webinars than our current GoToMeeting subscription can hold. We've made this decision based on our observation that about 20-30% people end up not attending after registering.  We understand that things come up, so if you find yourself in that situation please let Wendy (wendy@modelinginstruction.org ). To prevent any hurt feeling or ruffled feather please note that due to the nature of our webinar platform GoToMeeting signing in to the session is on a first come first serve basis. We don't want to bump anyone off, but we do want to fill our webinars.  Therefore, we open our sessions about 15 minutes prior to the start of the actual presentation.


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