Physics Workshops for Two-Year College and High School Instructors

A Project of Lee College (TX), Estrella Mountain Community College (AZ) and the National Science Foundation
ATE Program for Physics Faculty
This project is supported in part by grants (#0603272 and #1003633) from the Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) through the
AdvancedTechnological Education Program (ATE) of the National Science Foundation.

This Project will provide a series of three-day, intensive focused, hands-on professional and curriculum development workshops/conferences and follow-up activities for physics teachers in TYCs and HSs. These workshops and conferences are aimed at teachers who serve students involved in technology-based or technician careers. There will be four workshop/conferences per year held at various TYCs with special incentives to encourage teams of HS and TYC teachers. Since 2006, this Project has conducted 23 workshops and conferences at 11 sites in 9 states. Over 470 participants have attended one of these workshops or conferences, representing 213 different colleges and schools in 38 different states and 2 US territories.This project builds upon an earlier physics workshop project that held 61 workshops over 15 years.

Educators from TYCs HSs, and colleges/universities, which include implementation leaders, and developers from buisness and industry will lead these workshops. They will deal with effective integration, technology implementation, and learning strategies in areas such as micromputer-based laboratories, digital video, computer simulations, conceptual tasks and tools, web and internet activities, group work, assessment of learning, and physics related technician education. Click here to read what particpants can hope to gain from attending a workshop/conference.


Workshop Schedule

General information about workshops for academic year 2014-15 can be downloaded here. Applications for the workshops listed below can be found here.

Project Based Learning for Introductory Physics (PBLIP) Workshop November 13 – 15, 2014 – Estrella Mountain Community College, Avondale, AZ. A description of the workshop can be downloaded here.

Modeling Tools for Introductory Physics (MTIP) Workshop April 23 – 25, 2015 – Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton, WI. A description of the workshop can be downloaded here.


Workshop Leaders

Project Staff

ATE and physics related links

Past Workshops

Major Projects Updated with new Studio Physics project

PWEN (project newsletter)

Tools for Introductory Physics. NEW resources for teaching.

Click here for TYC Physics Information.

Click here for Annual Reports on the grant (Updated to include 2012 report)

Lee College

ATE Program For Physics Faculty

P.O. Box 818

Baytown, TX 77522

For more information please contact the Project Co-Directors

Thomas L. O'Kuma
Tom O'Kuma
Lee College
Baytown, TX 77522
(281) 425-6522
Dwain Desbien
Estrella Mountain Community College
Avondale, AZ 85326
(623) 935-8474