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Zankel Hall, Teachers College, Columbia University

525 W 120th St

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Coding in the Physics Classroom: Exploring new ways to approach the study of motion

Led by​: Josh Rutberg, Katie Martino and Paul Feffer


When using mathematical representations in the classroom, teachers often fall back on algebraic equations. The advantage of these equations is that they are easy to solve by hand. However, what can be represented is limited by students' mathematical background, prompting teachers to focus on cases of constant net force. Even understanding constant acceleration itself can pose some difficulty for students. However, the use of computer simulations and simple coding allows us to adopt a new approach to teaching motion that can help students understand mechanics, while also greatly expanding possibilities for classroom experimentation.

This workshop will explore how teachers can use coding in the physics classroom to creatively involve students in solving complex problems via a step-by-step method using the computer. Together we will engage in a series of “student-mode” activities including a constant velocity buggy lesson to explore ways of teaching motion using simple forms of coding. The goal is to show that no math more complicated than algebra is necessary. Finally, teachers will work in small groups to develop a simple coding application that could be used to teach one or more of the following concepts: Hooke’s Law, air resistance, dampened oscillation, bouncing ball, constantly-changing acceleration.

We welcome beginning and intermediate level teachers with some experience in coding, but all teachers are welcome! Please bring a laptop with you to the workshop.



Pizza lunch for all at 1 pm!

Note: Please sign up for ONLY 1 workshop on this date not both; As these both workshops are 3 hours and run simultaneously from 10am to 1pm in separate rooms at Teachers College.

WHITEBOARDS & T-SHIRTS

Whiteboards are currently out of stock. We will post a notice on our website and in Eventbrite when we have more to sell – probably within the next 2-3 months. If someone with a car would volunteer to devote several hours to helping us get whiteboards, it would be a big help. You can volunteer by sending an email to info@STEMteachers.org.

You can still buy T-shirts at the workshop, but you must have the exact amount of cash ( $10 each).

PHOTOGRAPHS AND VIDEO RECORDINGS.

We take photographs and record video of our workshops in order to publicize a positive image of science teaching, and of STEMteachersNYC - a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. If you register, you are agreeing to be photographed and to have your voice and image video-recorded. You are also agreeing to relinquish all your rights to the photographs and video recordings.

If you do not wish to be photographed or video-recorded, you must inform us when you check in at the beginning of the workshop. We will take one photograph of your face so that we can erase your image if we happen to catch it by chance during the workshop, and we will do our best to avoid you. We would also appreciate your cooperation in positioning yourself at the edge of the group so as to help us avoid you.

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FAQs

Is there a fee to attend this workshop?

Yes. There is a $19.99 attendance fee.

For weekend workshops after January 1, 2017 the ticket price has increased from $16.29 ($15 plus $1.29 Eventbrite service fee) to a flat $19.99. To hold the fee below $20, we will now pay the Eventbrite service fee.

This small increase will help us move toward our goal of making STEMteachersNYC a fully sustainable organization. We appreciate your understanding and support and look forward to seeing you this coming 2017 season.

Is STEMteachersNYC an approved NYC DOE Vendor?

Yes. Here is the Vendor #STE-068881

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

Yes. TC students recieve a 50% discount on STEMtNYC workshops. To receive your discount code, please send an email to STEMteachersNYC Registrar (Registration@STEMteachersNYC.org). 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 (Registration@STEMteachersNYC.org).


Is the reservation fee refundable?

It depends, please be sure you are able to attend the workshop prior to registering for it.

If you for some reason can nolonger attend and let the Registrar know (Registration@STEMteachersNYC.org) one week or more before the workshop, you can get a free credit for a future workshop. If less than one week notification is given no refund is given, but if you want to take it as a donation, you must email and directly request an official acknowledgment of your donation.

If you mistakenly register for 2 workshops that take place at the same time, we will not be able to refund the fee.

Is my reservation/ticket transferrable?

Possibly, please contact STEMteachersNYC Registrar (Registration@STEMteachersNYC.org) 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 (Registration@STEMteachersNYC.org) to address this.


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