SEATTLE PACIFIC UNIVERSITY
 
DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS

 

The Energy Project offers a number of professional development opportunities to teachers, both in the summer and the school year. Please see the course descriptions below or click on the course in which you are interested in the lower left-hand portion of this page.

To participate in any of these courses, please email PhysicsEnergyProject@SPU.edu for more information.

Understanding Energy One (No Class Offered in 2013)

This week-long course is especially appropriate for 4th and 5th grade teachers and will include working with concrete materials in order to more fully understand the concepts of energy transfer and transformation and conservation of energy in systems, as delineated in the new science standards. A major focus will also be on the energy present in the following science units: Circuits and Pathways, Ecosystems, Models and Designs, Microworlds, Food Chemistry, and Land and Water.

Teachers who have taken this course previously are welcome to take it again - the content will be designed to build upon their first experience.

Stipend of $750 and three 5000-level physics credits or thirty clock hours are available. Registration fee for credits ($150) or clock hours ($60) applies.

Understanding Energy Two (June 24 - June 28, 2013  8:30 am - 3:30 pm, no class on weekend)

This week-long course is designed to be taken one year after the completion of Energy for Elementary Teachers One, should participants wish to build upon their first summer's experience.

Stipend of $750 and three 5000-level physics credits or thirty clock hours are available. Registration fee for credits ($150) or clock hours ($60) applies.

Energy One (August 5 - 16, 2013  8:30 am - 3:30 pm, no class on weekend)

This two-week-long course for secondary teachers will focus on energy forms, energy transfers and transformations in the context of physics and physical science. Participants will also be immersed in a diagnostic learning environment, explore research on student ideas about energy and related concepts, and discuss the implications of the research on the teaching and learning of the subject.

Stipend of $1200 and five 5000-level physics credits or fifty-five clock hours are available. Registration fee for credits ($250) or clock hours ($100) applies.

Energy Two (August 5 - 16, 2013  8:30 am - 3:30 pm, no class on weekend)

This two-week-long course is designed to be taken one year after the completion of Energy for Secondary Teachers One, should participants wish to build upon their first summer's experience.

Stipend of $1200 and five 5000-level physics credits or fifty-five clock hours are available. Registration fee for credits ($250) or clock hours ($100) applies.

Teaching Seminar (Academic Year 2nd and 4th Tuesday evenings 5:30-8:00 p.m.)

This course expands and develops the concepts of the summer courses and offers teachers the opportunity to think through how to apply these concepts to their classrooms. AYPD sessions are held on evenings throughout the year, and teachers are welcome to attend one, several, or all of the sessions.

Stipend of $50 per session and up to four 5000-level physics credits or forty clock hours are available. Registration fee for credits or clock hours applies.

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