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STEP UP Physics Together Regional Networking + Coding Physics Simulations!

March 16 @ 9:00 am 1:00 pm

STEP UP: Physics Together coffee hour followed by a “Coding Physics Simulations” professional learning workshop! AND EQUIPMENT GIVEAWAY!



STEP UP: Physics Together will host a coffee hour (9-10am) before the physics workshop. All workshop participants are invited to join us for coffee, juice and donuts. Learn more about STEP UP, connect or reconnect with STEP UP Advocates and enjoy the company of other science teachers!

STEP UP is a national community of physics teachers, researchers, and professional societies. We design high school physics lessons to empower teachers, create cultural change, and inspire young women to pursue physics in college. STEP UP Advocates are teachers of physics working to inspire young women to pursue physics in their classrooms. There are approximately 60 STEP UP Advocates in the NYC region and STEP UP will open up applications for additional Advocates soon. Our Advocates are on the front lines of improving gender equity in physics! You can learn more about STEP UP here: https://engage.aps.org/stepup/home


Introduction to Coding Physics Simulations for Teachers! with Paul Feffer

In this professional development workshop for teachers, we will learn the basics of the JavaScript programming language within the p5.js environment with a focus on constructing physics simulations. Javascript is one of the most popular programming languages today which is used for web app development and desktop and mobile applications. p5.js is a JavaScript library of “tools” designed for creative coding with easy access to graphics and animation. These capabilities make p5.js ideal for physics teachers with little or no programming experience to start coding physics simulations!

While three hours is hardly enough time for the briefest of introductions, you will learn enough to get started and to find resources to continue your journey. As we cover some basic programming concepts, you will code simulations for objects (1) moving at constant velocity, (2) accelerating under the influence of a net force such as gravity, allowing us to simulate projectile motion, and (3) oscillating under a linear restoring force (a.k.a. a spring). As time permits, we may also explore simulating orbital dynamics, and how to use “leapfrog” integration to ensure a stable oscillatory motion that conserves energy.


Cost: $25 (Limited # of tickets!)

STEMteachersNYC delivers professional development workshops for teachers, by teachers, about teaching, since 2011. All workshops over 2hrs offer CTLE. CUNY Pre-service teachers may attend for free. Please reach out if your school requires an invoice. We are an NYCDOE MTAC Vendor.


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