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Computational Thinking & Coding in Physics

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Teachers College, Columbia University

525 W 120th St

Zankel Hall

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Computational Thinking & Coding in Physics

Led by​: Josh Rutberg and Emily Pontius

Computational thinking is the use of computers to simulate and study complex systems. It is widely recognized as an essential skill for the future workforce and success in STEM and is also a perfect tool for the physics classroom. The use of simple programs and simulations with modifiable code allows students to visually and graphically represent physical phenomena and solve problems that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to do with a calculator, or paper and pencil. Incorporating coding in physics education gives classical physics a modern update.

In this workshop you’ll learn how to use computational thinking in your classroom and get an introduction to the powerful, new Pyret language, a browser-based, state-of-the-art teaching vehicle. You will also learn how to incorporate computational modeling in conjunction with other representational tools that are considered to be best practice by physics education research. The browser-based language Pyret is centered around the design of functions that model physical scenarios. We will incorporate best practices from computer science teaching through cooperative small-group and paired-student programming.

You'll work through computational physics materials developed over the past 2 years. This will include the basics of programming in Pyret, learning how to write simple functions and modify existing code, with opportunities to generate programs on your own. We’ll cover physics topics such as (1) energy, (1) constant velocity, (2) uniform acceleration, (3) balanced forces inertia and force pairs, and (4) unbalanced forces Newton’s 2nd law. Although the materials had been developed for Physics First, they can be modified by teachers with older students.

No prior computer programming or physics experience is required; all are welcome!

*Note, this workshop requires a minimum number of participants. In the event there are not enough participants, the workshop will be cancelled, and a refund will be issued.


Cost:

Early Bird Ticket Price $440 (Limited # of tickets!)

Early Bird Ticket Prices are for teachers who register early, and are paying for the workshop themselves - meaning they are not receiving financial support from their districts or other funding organizations.


Full Ticket Price $770

Full Ticket prices are for participants who receive financial support (from their school, district or other organization) to attend this workshop. See links below to download an invoice template which can be found on the following registration page. Email questions to Registration@STEMteachersNYC.org.

Invoice and Purchase Order Request:

Districts/Schools, to request an invoice for a STEMteachersNYC 2018 Summer Workshop, please fill out a quick invoice survey. This is a required step in order to process your request. Any questions regarding the PO process please contact karen@stemteachersnyc.org

Please send Purchase Orders (POs) to our Billing Office

Via Email: karen@stemteachersnyc.org

OR Via US Mail: STEMteachersNYC - Billing Office 245 West 107th Street, Suite 10B New York, NY 10025


Teachers! Ask your school to pay for your ticket! All the school needs to do is send us a Purchase Order (PO). Fill out our PO/Invoice survey and we will prepare you an invoice for you to submit to your school/district. Or just copy and paste the information above and let them know the workshop you want to attend. Don't be afraid to ask. There's always a chance the money will be available and they'll say yes, but if you don't ask, there's no chance at all.


Teacher Discounted Ticket $550

A teacher discounted price after the Early Bird tickets are sold out. These tickets are for teachers who are paying for the workshop themselves - meaning they are not receiving financial support from their districts or other funding organizations. Teachers will receive a CTLE certificate at the end of the workshop. (CTLE ID # 23385)



Please read the FAQs section below carefully before registering.


FAQs

Is STEMteachersNYC an approved NYC DOE CTLE Vendor?

Yes. STEMteachersNYC is a Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) vendor for the New York City Department of Education (#STE-068881). New York State Teachers will receive a CTLE certificate at the end of the workshop. (CTLE ID # 23385)


Is there nearby lodging?

Yes, Please visit our website at: http://stemteachersnyc.org/lodging/ to view many possible options.


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Questions about registration or tickets should be addressed to registration@STEMteachersNYC.org.

Questions about invoice/PO issues should be addressed to karen@STEMteachersNYC.org

Questions about our programs should be addressed to chris@STEMteachersNYC.org


I am interested in taking more than one workshop. Can I register for multiple workshops?

It depends: Many workshops overlap so look closely at the start and end dates. Be sure to choose workshops that do not overlap, as reservations are not refundable. If you need help deciding which workshop fits your needs best, please email Chris (chris@STEMteachersNYC.org).

Is the full workshop fee or the balance of the workshop fee refundable?

Refunds for the balance of the full workshop fee (that is, the full fee minus the reservation fee) must be requested within one (1) week of payment and at least four (4) weeks before the start of the workshop. All such requests must be accompanied by an acceptable, documented explanation. Judgments about acceptability of explanations and documentation, and about whether or not a refund will be issued are at the sole discretion of STEMteachersNYC and are final. Refunds will not include fees charged on the initial payment by Eventbrite, credit cards, and/or banks.


Is my reservation/ticket transferrable?

Not without authorization, please contact the STEMteachersNYC Registrar (Registration@STEMteachersNYC.org) if you need to transfer your reservation to a different person/name, or if you wish to transfer your reservation to a different workshop.

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 the STEMteachersNYC Registrar (Registration@STEMteachersNYC.org) to address this.

Can I receive college level credits?

No, but you will receive CTLE hours

Where can I find more information about STEMteachersNYC?

Visit our website: http://STEMTeachersNYC.org or email info@stemteachersnyc.org

How can I join STEMteachersNYC?

Click here it's free! http://stemteachersnyc.org/join/

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Please note: 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 at check-in. 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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