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CHEMISTRY WORKSHOP: Energy & Changes in Matter - A Coherent Approach for Middle and High School

By STEMteachersNYC

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Saturday, May 9, 2015 · 10am - 1pm EDT


Zankel Hall, Teachers College, Columbia University 525 W 120th Street Zankel Hall New York, NY 10027


NYC teachers are compensated at the “per session” hourly rate for time in STEMteachersNYC Workshops. Applications must be filed with NYC DOE on forms available at the workshops.

CHEMISTRY WORKSHOP: Energy & Changes in Matter - A Coherent Approach for Middle and High School

WORKSHOP LEADERS: Donghong Sun, Patricia Bauer, and Rachel Ward (Trinity School, Marymount School, and Staten Island Academy, respectively)

DESCRIPTION: Energy is one of the central themes in science classrooms. The connection between energy and changes in matter is a fundamental concept in chemistry. However, energy is usually introduced and taught as an isolated concept in most middle school and high school chemistry courses. In this workshop, we will demonstrate, through a simple experiment, how to guide students to reach deep conceptual understanding by relating energy storage and transfer to changes in matter at both the observable and the particulate levels. We will also introduce energy bar charts, which are an effective tool to visually track energy storage and transfer, further assisting their conceptual understanding of the relationship between energy and changes in matter.

Participants in this workshop will be collecting data, taking part in post-lab discussions, and practicing solving energy problems in STUDENT mode, followed by TEACHER-mode discussions on how to implement this approach in the classroom with students.

  • Chemistry, general science, and physical science teachers with middle or high school students.
  • Students who are interested in becoming STEM teachers or engaged in preparing to be STEM teachers.
  • Elementary school teachers who are interested gaining deeper understanding of this topic and in being better equipped to stimulate students' thinking and analysis of scientific phenomena
CAPACITY: limited to 36 participants.

ORGANIZER: Fernand Brunschwig, Chairman, STEMteachersNYC

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Is there a fee to attend this workshop?

Yes. There is a $15 attendance fee plus a $1.29 registration fee.

Is there a special pricing for TC students for this workshop?

Yes. Teachers College students receive a 50% discount on STEMteachersNYC workshops. To receive your discount code, please send an email to STEMteachersNYC Registrar ( You will be asked to present a current TC student card at the door on the day of the workshop.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Questions about registration and payments for this event should be addressed to STEMteachersNYC Registrar (

Is the reservation fee refundable?

No, please be sure you are able to attend the workshop prior to registering for it. The reservation fee is not refundable. If you mistakenly register for 2 workshops that take place at the same time, we will not be able to refund the fee. If you must cancel, please let us know as early as possible by sending email to Registrar (

Is my reservation/ticket transferrable?

No, please contact STEMteachersNYC Registrar ( if you need to transfer your reservation to a different person/name.

Can I update my reservation information?

Yes, you can update your reservation information.

The name on the reservation/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?

No, please contact STEMteachersNYC Registrar ( to address this.

About the organizer

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STEMteachersNYC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that cultivates excellence in STEM teaching and promotes deep understanding and success for students through innovative, teacher-led professional development. Our weekend workshops for teachers are offered during the school year and multi-week workshop intensives occur in the summer. We welcome and encourage teachers from across the globe, the US, and the local New York City area!

STEMteachersNYC is registered as a Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) provider with the New York State Education Department.


STEMteachersNYC is an approved vendor for the New York City Department of Education (#STE-23385).


STEMteachersNYC was founded in the summer of 2011 by a group of educators as a teacher-led study, support, and professional development group.  STEMteachersNYC membership has grown at over 30% per year and now stands at over 1,000 members. STEMteachersNYC is an affiliate of the American Modeling Teachers Association.

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