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Electricity & Magnetism Modeling with Crofton--7/10 to 7/21 (or 7/10 to 7/2...

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Teachers College, Columbia University

525 West 120th St.

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Electricity & Magnetism Modeling

Leader: Michael Crofton

Teachers will work through coherent model-centered materials for high school electricity and magnetism from a microscopic perspective to develop a deep understanding of content and how to teach it effectively. Participants are expected to have previously taken at least one course in physics with algebra and trig. covering electricity and magnetism, and a Mechanics Modeling Instruction workshop. In the E&M workshop, we assume that teachers understand and have classroom experience with the Modeling Instruction methodology. To develop the familiarity with the E&M materials necessary to fully implement them in the classroom, teachers work through the activities, discussions and worksheets, alternating between student and teacher modes, much as they did in the first Modeling Workshop in Mechanics.

Michael Crofton writes: "Bruce Sherwood likes to say that when we use a water analogy to explain current, we are using fluid dynamics, which the students don't understand, to explain something else they don't understand. In this workshop, we use the field model to explain current, and a significant amount of time is spent developing the surface charge model to explain how fields make circuits work. If you are not familiar with the surface charge model and with using electric fields to explain how circuits work, I invite you to sign up for this Workshop.

"The focus of the course is Microscopic Models in Electricity and Magnetism.There are 3 units in electricity: Charge and Field, Potential, and Circuits. The circuit unit is unique at high school level, as it leads students through surface charge as the mechanism for setting up different strength fields in conductors of circuits. The magnetism unit begins by investigating the field of a current-bearing wire, then fields of permanent magnets, then force on a particle in a field, then force on a current-bearing wire in a field, and then electromagnetic induction and Faraday's Law. The latter two topics will be in the optional 3rd week.

"If you want more information, contact me or Erin Conrardy (Erin@STEMteachersNYC.org)."
Michael Crofton
Physics Teacher (retired)
Spring Lake Park High School
Spring Lake Park, MN

GRADUATE CREDIT IS AVAILABLE! Aurora University has approved 4 or 6 semester hours of graduate credit for courses closely related to the first 2 weeks and for all 3 weeks of this E&M Modeling Workshop. Tuition is $100/semester hour. Details of how to enroll, pay tuition, and register for the courses will be available to those who sign up for this workshop.

Schedule and Location:

The workshop will run for 2 weeks July 10 - 21, 2017 with an optional 3rd week, July 24-28 in Manhattan, at Columbia Secondary School - 425 W 123rd St, New York, NY 10027. The workshop sessions will be from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm on Monday - Thursday and Friday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, followed by an optional social hour from 3:30 to 4:30.

*Note, this workshop requires a minimum number of participants. In the event there are not enough participants, the workshop may be cancelled, and all tuition would be refunded.


$100 Reservation Fee

To hold your place while you ask for your school to pay the full price ticket fee. (Be sure are willing to attend at the teacher discounted price in case your school is unable to pay prior to purchasing this ticket) You will receive a bill via email for the remaining balance.

Full Ticket Price $700 for 2 weeks July 10, 2017 - July 21, 2017

Full Ticket Price $1050 2 weeks plus the optional 3rd week July 24, 2017 - July 28, 2017 - This ticket includes the optional 3rd week ticket

Full Ticket prices are for participants who receive financial support (from their school, district or other organization) to attend this workshop. This price includes the $100 "Reservation Fee." Please do NOT pay both. See links below to download an invoice template which can be found on the following registration page. Email questions to Registration@STEMteachersNYC.org.

  • Districts/Schools please send Purchase Orders (POs) to and/or request invoices (bills) from our Billing Office
    Via Email: billing@stemteachersnyc.orgORVia US Mail: STEMteachersNYC - Billing Office245 West 107th Street, Suite 10BNew York, NY 10025

    If requesting an invoice, please be sure to include the attending teacher's name, email, workshop, and price (full ticket price), plus the email or US mail address where the invoice should be sent.

    Teachers! Ask your school to pay for your ticket! All the school needs to do is send us a Purchase Order (PO). If you'd like, click here to download and print information that they will need to send us a PO. Or just copy and paste the information above and let them know the workshop you want to attend.

    Does your school need to be convinced to pay for your ticket? We have a template letter for requesting financial support to explain the value of our workshops in detail and to help you convince your school that paying for your ticket is a good investment. 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 $500 for 2 weeks July 10, 2017 - July 21, 2017

For teachers having to pay for the workshop themselves - meaning they are not receiving financial support from their districts or other funding organizations.

Teacher Discounted Ticket $750 2 weeks plus the optional 3rd Week July 24, 2017 - July 28, 2017

Early Bird Ticket Price $400 for 2 weeks July 10, 2017 - July 21, 2017 - HAS ENDED

    Early Bird Ticket Price $600 2 weeks plus the optional 3rd Week July 24, 2017 - July 28, 2017 - HAS ENDED

    Early Bird Ticket Prices are for teachers who register early (before May 15th), and are paying for the workshop themselves - meaning they are not receiving financial support from their districts or other funding organizations.

    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.

    Also note: Workshop leaders are subject to change.

    Please read the FAQs section below carefully before registering.


    Is STEMteachersNYC an approved NYC DOE Vendor?

    Yes. Here is the Vendor #STE-068881

    Are there pre-requisites for taking this workshop?

    Yes - Mechanics Modeling Instruction workshop, and have previously taken at least one course in physics with algebra and trig. that covered electricity and magnetism.

    Is there nearby lodging?

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

    How 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).

    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 the 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 choose not to attend the workshop, the reservation fee is not refundable. Please be sure you are able to attend the workshop prior to reserving a seat.

    If you for some reason you can no longer 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.

    If a reservation ticket was purchased to hold your spot while you requested funds from your school or district to purchase the full ticket price. We will reimburse you the reservation fee as long as your school pays the full ticket price. If you are unsure if your school will pay do not purchase the reservation fee, unless you are willing to pay the remainining balance; instead contact the registrar (registration@stemteachersnyc) to check on ticket availability.

    Is the full workshop fee or the balance of the workshop fee (full fee minus the reservation 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, Paypal, 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?

    Yes, Graduate Credit is available through Aurora University for $100 per credit. More details will be available later this spring. Email questions to registration@stemteachersnyc.org.

    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://tinyurl.com/modelingsurvey

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