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Physical Science with Math Modeling Workshop


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Full course description


August 21, 2018 - December 4, 2018


17 Weeks


Tempe, AZ



What you'll learn:

The Physical Science with Math Modeling Workshop provides a deep understanding of standards-based content in physical science and mathematics, with effective instruction that is aligned with the research basis for NGSS. The focuses are matter and energy; inquiry process and nature of science. Content of an entire semester course is reorganized around basic models to increase its structural coherence. Participants are supplied with a complete set of course materials (resources) and work through activities alternately in roles of student or teacher. They study several research publications, especially on student preconceptions.

Modeling Instruction is introduced as a systematic approach to design of curriculum and instruction. The name Modeling Instruction expresses an emphasis on making and using conceptual models of physical phenomena as central to learning and doing science. Adoption of "models and modeling" as a unifying theme for science and mathematics education is recommended by NSES and NCTM Standards, and the research basis for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Mathematics instruction is integrated seamlessly throughout the entire course by an emphasis on mathematical modeling.

What you'll do:

Student activities are organized into modeling cycles that engage students systematically in all aspects of modeling. (Specifics of the modeling cycle are at The teacher guides students unobtrusively through each modeling cycle, with an eye to improving the quality of student discourse by insisting on accurate use of scientific terms, on clarity and cogency of expressed ideas and arguments. After a few cycles, students know how to proceed with an investigation without prompting from the teacher. The main job of the teacher is then to supply them with more powerful modeling tools. Lecturing is restricted to scaffolding new concepts and principles on a need basis.

Focus: Matter and energy; inquiry process and nature of science.

What you'll receive:

Certificate showing Continuing Education Units earned


No textbook. Course materials cost $30.

​Who should take this course:

High school and 8th grade teachers of biology, chemistry, earth/space science, and physics are urged to take this course, because schools often need a physical/general science teacher for part of the teaching assignment.

Limited spaces in the classroom are available. To apply for a space, please e-mail

*If you will pay out of pocket and cannot get reimbursed, please email for a coupon code that will give you 50% off the price of the course.

Meeting Details

A Physical Science with Math Modeling Workshop will be offer on Tuesdays after school from 4:30pm - to 7:15pm at the ASU-Tempe Campus.

Dates: August 21, 2018 to December 4, 2018 (no class on October 9, fall break at ASU)

Instructor: Kelli Gamez Warble, Teacher-in-Residence in the ASU Department of Physics


ASU Tempe Campus
Bateman Physical Sciences Center
room H-355
550 E Tyler Mall
Tempe, AZ 85287