||The Physics Education Group in the UW Physics Department offers a six-week, 10-credit summer institute in physics and physical science for full-time teachers. The course is offered in two sections, one for elementary and middle school teachers with little or no background in physics, and one for high school teachers of physics. Supported in part by an NSF grant, the program is tuition-free, and stipends of $1,500 are offered upon successful completion of the course. The program is under the direction of Dr. Lillian C. McDermott, Professor of Physics.
The curriculum material used in the course, Physics by Inquiry, has been especially developed for the preparation of precollege teachers. The curriculum is designed to strengthen subject matter background in topics typically covered in physics and physical science curricula using a hands-on, inquiry-oriented method of instruction; emphasize the development of fundamental concepts and reasoning skills through laboratory experience; and meet the needs of teachers with varying levels of preparation in science and mathematics. The class meets from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
Teachers from the greater Seattle area are expected to participate in a continuation class (two credits per quarter) that meets Thursday evenings during the academic year. The after-school class is designed to help teachers apply in their own classrooms what they learned during the summer.
Special requirements: Full-time teachers, grades K-12; emphasis on grades 4-8 and high school. Application deadline is February 28.