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STEMteachersNYC--A Modeling Approach to the Gas Laws

Saturday, January 25, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.
Reserve your seat: <>; WHERE: Columbia Teachers College, 525 West 120 St., New York, NY (#1 train, W116 St/Columbia Univ.).
COST: $10.00 per participant plus $1.19 reservation fee (receipts & certificates available)
WHO SHOULD COME? • Chemistry teachers and other STEM (Science-Tech-Engineering-Math) teachers.
• Students studying STEM and/or STEM education and/or preparing to be STEM teachers.
• Individuals considering enrolling in the 3-week intensive Summer Modeling Instruction Workshop in Chemistry, July 21-Aug 7. Sign up for summer workshop at <>
CAPACITY: limited to 30 participants.
WORKSHOP LEADERS: Donghong Sun and Tammy Gwara (chemistry teachers at Trinity School, New York. NY).
ORGANIZER: Fernand Brunschwig, Math, Sci. & Tech. Dept., Columbia Teachers College DESCRIPTION: The gas laws are usually presented in chemistry textbooks as a set of equations. Students are then required to memorize these equations and plug in numbers to solve problems. In this workshop, you will gain direct experience with Modeling Instruction – a process through which students can reach understanding of the gas laws as proportional relationships by interpreting experimental results and building graphical representations of a particle view of gas behavior. Students can then apply their proportional reasoning skills in other areas of study and in real life.
We will be collecting and analyzing data (in “student mode”) in three experiments to develop the relationships between gas pressure and the volume, the number of particles and the temperature. These relationships will be interpreted and represented by drawing particle diagrams based on our understanding of particle behavior of gases. We will then apply these relationships to solve problems by beginning with the meaning of proportional relationships, rather than by simply plugging numbers into a set of equations. Finally, in “teacher mode,” we will critique and discuss our experience and the classroom/pedagogical implications
Please bring a laptop if possible and install the data analysis software (Vernier Logger Pro) ahead of time. After you have registered for this workshop, we will send you the links and passwords required to download and install the software.
This workshop uses the Modeling Instruction approach and is a sample of the upcoming 3-week Summer 2014 Chemistry Modeling Instruction Workshop (Dates are Monday July 21 through Friday, August 8. Register at: <>).
Questions should be addressed to Fernand Brunschwig <fbrunsch AT>. If you want to get email notification of future workshops, fill out application/survey at <>; and we will invite you to receive email updates via the STEMteachersNYC GoogleGroup mailing list.

STEMteachersNYC was originated in summer 2011 as (PhysicsTeachersNYC) by a group of teachers as a teacher-led physics study group. The group members were all practitioners of a curriculum and pedagogy known as Modeling Instruction, developed collaboratively by university and high school physics educators over the past 20 years. STEMteachersNYC conducts classroom-oriented workshops on the weekend during the school year as well as intensive 3-week summer Modeling Instruction Workshops. STEMteachersNYC is the local alliance of the American Modeling Teachers Association. For upcoming workshops see <>.

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