Physics Enrollment Challenges

Back in my day, you took physics senior year of high school. Its just what you did. And if  you were lucky enough, you had an awesome teacher who inspired you to go into the sciences post high [...]

AMTA Fall 2016 New Letter


AMTA Mixer at the NSTA conference in Ohio

NSTA Columbus Modeling Mixer The AMTA will be hosting a Modeling Mixer at the NSTA convention in Columbus, OH on Thursday, December 1st starting at 6:15 pm.  There will be a variety of appetizers [...]

Zak Kovach Novice Science Teacher of the Year

Zachary “Zak” Kovach accepted the “Arizona Novice Science Teacher of the Year” award from the Arizona Science Teachers Association. [Note: featured photo shows Zak with [...]

Mike Vargas Arizona Science Teacher of the Year

The Arizona Science Teachers Association (ASTA) honors four teachers each year at their fall convention.  Two honorees in 2014 are modelers. One is Michael Vargas, High School Science Teacher of [...]

David Weaver receives AAPT Homer L. Dodge Citation

David Weaver, AMTA Board Member at Large, received the Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to the American Association of Physics Teachers. David’s term as Member at Large on the [...]

Stage 5 2005 to present

Concerned about the end of NSF funding for Modeling Instruction, a core group of STEM teachers formed the American Modeling Teachers Association in 2005.  AMTA was created to support teachers [...]

Stage 4 2002-2005

With NSF funding the Arizona State University MNS program originally designed for physics teachers expanded to include in-service teachers of chemistry and physical science. This stimulated the [...]

Stage 3 1998-2001

Teacher demand for high-quality professional development stimulated expansion of the Modeling Program into a full-blown graduate program at Arizona State University expressly designed to meet the [...]

Stage 2 1993–1999

NSF funding enabled extension of the Modeling Workshops nationwide. More than 200 teachers from almost every state in the nation attended intensive four-week Workshops on two successive summers [...]

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