How to host a Modeling Workshop

AMTA gets many inquiries from individuals and institutions who would like to host Modeling Workshops. Below is a basic checklist outlining the host institution’s responsibilities.  Notice that the first step is to contact us for unique answers depending on the circumstances of your organization. We are happy to discuss these with you personally!

STEP 1: Contact Us

AMTA’s Workshop Coordinator, Wendy Hehemann, can be reached via email at Wendy will give you detailed information and advice, and ensure that your workshop will successfully address the needs of your teachers.

STEP 2: Arrange for a Local Coordinator

A site coordinator and fiscal agent will be needed. Universities will typically have their own coordinator and serve as their own fiscal agent. AMTA can serve this purpose for workshops at other locations.

STEP 3: Choose the Content

Introduction to Modeling sessions (less than 2 weeks) provide initial experiences, while full Modeling Workshops (2 weeks or more) provide the opportunity to practice interactive engagement techniques in depth. Content can be chosen from middle school science, biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, or physical science.

STEP 4: Logistics

Decide how much your workshop will cost and whether it will carry graduate credit. Identify the venue where you will hold the workshop (typically a classroom with lab tables). Recruit qualified Modeling Workshop leaders (with AMTA help).

  1. Have access to a venue – a science classroom with lab space and appropriate equipment.
  2. Aquire appropriate materials necessary for the workshop. This includes printed workshop manuals.
  3. Work with onsite Information Technology (IT) for internet access/passwords/ printing for workshop.

STEP 5: Promote and Manage

Advertise to teachers locally, and send us registration information to post nationally. Fiscal management may be handled by your local institution, or AMTA as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation. We can set-up online registration for you!

STEP 6: Curriculum Materials and Licensing

Workshop host institutions will be allowed to print an entire set of curriculum materials for attendees. This will require a $75 per-person licensing fee (beginning on Jan. 1st, 2019).  AMTA will also include a one-year free membership for first-time modelers.

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