FIU Physics Modeling Workshops for Summer 2013

( Entering Our Tenth Year! )

CHEPREO, the FIU Department of Physics, and the FIU College of Education are organizing Physics Modeling Workshops in Summer 2013. We will offer two workshops in July at FIU:

July 22 - August 9 - Modeling I: Mechanics

July 22 - August 9 - Advanced Modeling: Electicity & Magnetism

The workshops will run 8:00-3:30 each day, five days per week. High school physics, math, and science teachers are welcome to attend. Model-based instructional materials for an entire year are provided at no cost.

$100/day stipends will be provided to the participants. Inexpensive dorm housing is available on campus as well as reasonable hotels. We will be arranging a block of rooms for our participants, so please indicate your interest on the application. Hotels are also an option, but at a higher rate. Please let us know if we can help you find hotels (We suggest contacting us before booking hotels, as some Miami hotels aren't great). On campus, as well as local, restaurants are available as well.

Application materials are at the bottom of the page. Attendance of a Modeling I workshop (at FIU or elsewhere) is a prerequisite for Advanced Modeling.

Online application is here!

If you have any problems with the forms, please contact David.Jones at

Biology Modeling 2013!!

We will be operating a one-week Introductory Biology Modeling Workshops August 2-2, 2013, in close collaboration with Miami-Dade County Public Schools. This will be our first biology modeling workshop and hope first of many. Please apply so that you can be part of the first wave of Biology Modelers!

Online biology application is here!

What is Modeling?

Physics Modeling Workshops are a structured inquiry approach to high school physics teaching that incorporates computer technology and insights from physics education research. Emphasis is placed on the use of basic models and modeling in mechanics. Participants develop skills in fostering scientific discourse and presentation and in assessment of student learning.

Goals: Physics Modeling Workshops are intensive 3-week courses with these goals:

Type and amount of work expected: Each participant will be expected to design and carry out a series of investigations that use the Modeling Method. Participants will practice Socratic questioning techniques that will enable them to teach physics using the Modeling Method. Each participant will be required to keep a daily log book of problems solved, labs done, personal notes and reactions to activities and readings, and expected student difficulties and ways of addressing them. These log books will be evaluated periodically for completeness of assignments and degree of understanding of the implications of using the Modeling Method.


The Modeling Method of High School Physics Instruction has been under development at Arizona State University for more than a decade under the leadership of David Hestenes, Professor of Physics. It is recoggnized as an exemplar K-12 Science program by the U.S. Department of Education. The program cultivates physics teachers as school experts on the use of technology in science teaching, thereby providing schools and school districts with a valuable resource for broader reform. Although infusion of technology into the classroom is a key component of this program, it is secondary to pedagogical reform. The project goals are fully aligned with the National Science Education Standards. The Modeling Method corrects many weaknesses of the traditional lecture-demonstration method, including fragmentation of knowledge, student passivity, and persistence of naive beliefs about the physical world. Unlike the traditional approach, in which students wade through an endless stream of seemingly unrelated topics, the Modeling Method organizes the course around a small number of scientific models, thus making the course coherent.

More details can be found at the ASU site:

These workshops are part of a larger science education reform movement organized at FIU. Workshops and other activities will continue for many years and we invite you to stay in touch and become a part of the larger efforts. Our initial efforts are directed at our local community. We reserve a number of spaces for non-local teachers, so please apply. We'll keep you in mind for 2013 in the event that this summer's workshops fill.

If you are interested in attending, please fill out the form. Applications will be considered until one week before the workshop start; however, please apply soon for courtesy and to assure that you will receive instructional materials.

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