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BIOLOGY

June 26 – 29, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (ONLY 4 DAYS)

This four-day workshop allows teachers to become familiar with the AP Biology Curriculum Framework. Participants will gain firsthand experience in the set up and delivery of many of the recommended labs that support the revised curriculum. Scheduling, pacing, presenting and assessing the curriculum will also be addressed. Participants will become familiar with the attributes of the re-designed AP Biology Exam and the exam grading process. This Institute is especially suitable for beginning or less-experienced AP Biology teachers. The registration fee ($525) includes textbooks, classroom materials, light lunches and snacks each day.

What participants should bring:

  • Laptop, recommended
  • Flash drive, if possible
  • A best practice/favorite activity to share during the session!

Biology Housing Cost: Housing for Biology participants is offered through the institute at Ramada, Bryan/College Station and free continental breakfast available.

Biology housing:


  • Private/single occupancy – participant will have private single occupancy room – 4 nights, $396
  • Double occupancy (based on availability) – participants will be paired with another AP Biology participant in a shared double occupancy room – 4 nights, $198

Biology Parking: The biology institute will take place at Bryan High School - on campus parking fees not necessary.

Contact:

Dr. Timothy P. Scott (c/o Adrienne Bentz)
Center for Mathematics and Science Education
3257 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-3257
PH: (979)458-8001, FX: (979)845-6077
E-MAIL: abentz@science.tamu.edu

CHEMISTRY

July 10-13, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (ONLY 4 DAYS)

The Department of Chemistry is offering TAMU AP Chemistry Institute, this summer. The Institute has been very popular during past summers and will be very useful to you. The registration fee ($525) includes textbooks, classroom materials, light lunches and daily afternoon snack. Participants are asked to be ready to share a best practice/favorite activity during the session.  This very intensive week will cover the most challenging course content, including the changes which occurred with the redesign of the course. Resources will be reviewed; POGIL-style and inquiry activities will be investigated. Many labs will be performed to assist participants in becoming more confident AP teachers. Changes in exam format and question style will be analyzed. Strategies for survival and success in the course will be shared and networking connections will be formed among participants. 

What participants should bring:

  • Lab coat or apron
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Goggles
  • Calculator
  • Laptop computer, if possible, with classroom resources/schedule

Consultant: Kristen Jones

Kristen Jones retired after 26 years of teaching AP and Pre-AP Chemistry at A&M Consolidated High School in College Station, Texas. She received her B.S. degree from South Dakota State University and her M.S. degree from Texas A&M University, both in Food Science/Food Chemistry. Kristen has been teaching AP/pre-AP science teacher workshops across the U.S. for 25 years. She is currently mentoring teachers and students through the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI), as well as writing and editing textbook, test and on-line materials for publishers. In 2000, Ms. Jones was named the Outstanding Secondary Science Teacher in Texas, and she has also received the American Chemistry Council Catalyst award, Siemens Foundation award for Advanced Placement, American Chemical Society Southwest Regional award, College Board Advanced Placement Special Recognition award, ACT2 Outstanding Chemistry Teacher in Texas award and Sigma Xi Outstanding Secondary Science Teacher award. Her students had more than a 95 percent pass rate on the AP exam and they have also been winners in many national science competitions.

Chemistry Housing Cost: Housing is offered on campus at Hullabaloo Hall for an additional $160. Price reflects Sunday check-in through Thursday check-out.

Hullabaloo Hall on campus is a state of the art living learning community located conveniently near Northgate, Starbucks and the location of the AP Chemistry  Summer Institute. Each double-occupancy participant will have the privacy of their own individual room, located in 2-person suites with a private-shared bathroom. Wireless access throughout hall. 1st floor common area with many amenities while not at the institute. Community lounge, kitchenette and study rooms located on each floor.

Chemistry Parking: Please see additional parking information below regarding parking on campus for the institute.

Contact: Veronica Ramirez
Department of Chemistry
3255 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-3255
PH: (979)845-1979, FX: (979)862-3308
EMAIL:  vramirez@chem.tamu.edu

COMPUTER SCIENCE

July 10-13, AP Computer Science Principles (ONLY 4 DAYS)

For more information about this Summer Institute and on-line registration, visit http://www.math.tamu.edu/conferences/apcalc.


MATHEMATICS

(ONLY 4 DAYS)

  • July 10-13 | AP Computer Science Principles
  • July 10-13 | AP Calculus AB
  • July 10-13 | AP Calculus BC
  • July 10-13 | Pre-AP High School Mathematics

For more information about the Summer Institutes and on-line registration, visit our website at http://www.math.tamu.edu/conferences/apcalc.

Contact:  Sandra Nite
Department of Mathematics
3368 TAMU
College Station, TX  77843-3368
PH:  (979)845-2915, FX:  (979)862-4190
EMAIL:  snite@math.tamu.edu

PHYSICS

June 19-22, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (ONLY 4 DAYS)

AP Physics 1, Algebra-Based

This course will provide teaching strategies and changes to the course that support the revised curriculum. Teachers will learn to use strategies and resources including lab ideas, technology, pacing, AP test development and grading, and AP exam trends. Previous AP exams, solutions and grading standards will be distributed. The registration fee ($525) includes textbooks, classroom materials, light lunches and snacks each day. This institute will help new and experienced teachers to improve the planning and delivery of the AP Physics 1 course.

The course goals are for each participant to have:

  1. Awareness of the redesigned course mindset and requirements;
  2. Understanding of the new exam format;
  3. Practical methods for utilizing physics education research instructional strategies;
  4. Hands-on experience with guided-inquiry labs; and
  5. Self-confidence in the new curricular topic of rotational motion as well as the other topics of the courses.

What participants should bring:

  • A good attitude and readiness to participate in a collaborative environment.
  • Laptop (These will be used during the institute!)
  • Method for taking video (phone, camera) and the ability to transfer the video to your laptop.
  • Calculator.
  • A method for taking notes.

Optional supplies:

  • The textbook used in class (helpful for syllabus development)
  • Labs, demonstrations, or teaching tips to share with other teachers.

Consultant: Christopher Bruhn

Chris began his career as an aerospace engineer with Bell Helicopter before choosing teaching as his calling. Since becoming an educator, he has taught all flavors of AP Physics over the past 24 years in schools ranging from inner-city, to suburban, to charter schools and has shown a particular talent at constructing successful educational programs. He is the recipient of the O'Donnell Texas AP Teacher Award for "remarkable contributions to his students and school, as well as to the teaching profession." From 2003-2012, Chris was the Dallas ISD coordinator for the Gender Equity Project and the program facilitator/instructor for the DISD Girls Physics Summer Camp. Both programs worked to increase the number of girls entering AP Physics courses and achieve greater success on the AP exam. Chris is a certified gender equity trainer in STEM. In 2012, Chris joined the National Math + Science Initiative as Regional Director and Physics Content Specialist. He worked with administrators, teachers, and students in schools from Alaska to Maryland to increase achievement in AP math, science, and English. Overall, his schools more than doubled their AP qualifying scores in just one year. In 2013, Chris returned to the classroom fulltime and teaches at Haltom High School in Haltom City Texas. Chris is the author of the McGraw Hill "5 Steps to a 5 AP Physics 2" test prep book and is working on his second book. As a College Board Certified trainer, Chris continues to create and share curriculum and educational resources as well as led numerous weeklong summer institutes, two-day trainings, and study sessions for teachers and students around the country.

Physics Housing Cost: Housing is offered on campus at Hullabaloo Hall for an additional $160. Price reflects Sunday check-in through Thursday check-out.

Hullabaloo Hall on campus is a state of the art living learning community located conveniently near Northgate, Starbucks and the location of the AP Physics  Summer Institute. Wireless access throughout hall. 1st floor common area with many amenities while not at the institute. Community lounge, kitchenette and study rooms located on each floor.

Two physics housing options are available:

  • Double occupancy – Each double-occupancy participant will have the privacy of their own individual room, located in 2-person suites with a private-shared bathroom – 4 nights, $160
  • Private/single occupancy – Participant will have private single occupancy room and private bathroom – 4 nights, $220

Physics Parking: Please see additional parking information below regarding parking on campus for the institute.

Contact: Dr. Timothy P. Scott (c/o Adrienne Bentz)
Center for Mathematics and Science Education
3257 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-3257
PH: (979)458-8001, FX: (979)845-6077
E-MAIL: abentz@science.tamu.edu

STATISTICS

July 10-13, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (ONLY 4 DAYS)

This course is designed primarily for new teachers in AP Statistics.  However, experienced teachers will find many useful things to take back to their classrooms. Much of the week will be devoted to experimental design, correlation and regression, probability models, and inference. We will discuss how to organize the course and how to use technology, simulation and data-gathering activities. Time will be spent working with activities and simulations as a building block for the course. At least one morning will be allocated for working on laptops to view and use online resources and applets that are immensely useful for the course.

In addition to the binder for the week, participants will receive a flash drive, which will be loaded with lessons, worksheets/handouts, class note sheets, a set of old tests, AP practice sets, projects, and activities. Participants will review the 2017 test through the questions, rubrics and the grading of student responses.

The registration fee ($525) includes classroom materials, light lunches and snacks each day.

What participants should bring:

  • Graphing calculator, with statistical capabilities, if possible. TI-84 recommended
  • Laptop, recommended
  • Current textbook, if you have one

NOTE: Quite a few calculator programs useful for demonstrating concepts will be shared.  The programs are all loaded on a TI-83 Silver Edition, so participants should bring a machine (at least a TI-84) that would be compatible for sharing these programs.

Consultant: Michael Legacy

Michael Legacy from the Greenhill School in Addison, Texas, has been an award-winning AP Statistics teacher for 21 years and is the author of some well-known AP Statistics resource material. He also has served as a reader, table leader and member of the test development committee for the AP Statistics exam.

Statistics Housing Cost: Housing is offered on west campus at White Creek Apartments (WCA) for an additional $120. Price includes Sunday check-in through Thursday check-out.

White Creek Apartments on west campus is an extraordinary apartment community featuring four-bedroom, four-bathrooms units. Apartments are fully furnished with a refrigerator, microwave, stove, oven, bedroom furniture with full-sized bed, and living room furniture. Participants will have a private bedroom and private bathroom with shared kitchen and living room (linen service included). Wireless access throughout. Apartments include common area with many amenities while not at the institute.

Bus service to central campus is available, with a short walk to the institute location in Blocker. Transit to and from WCA is available between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. via Bus Route 03 with service intervals approximately every 10-15 minutes.

Statistics Parking:  Please see additional parking information below regarding parking on campus for the institute.

Contact:
Dr. James H Matis (c/o Elaine James)
Department of Statistics
3143  TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-3143

PH: (979)845-3143, FX: (979)845-3144
E-MAIL: elaine@stat.tamu.edu

Additional Parking Information:

Parking is available on campus near where the workshops will be held (maps). You may purchase a parking pass for the week for $25 though the institute on the registration tab.   If you do not wish to purchase a pass prior to the institute, you can pay an hourly rate, which comes to $12-15 per day. If you choose to pay per day, you do not need a parking permit; simply pay in the machine on the ground floor of the garage designated for visitor parking each day you choose to park there. The City of College Station operates a parking garage located at 309 College Main. It is a cheaper alternative to the campus visitor parking and a short distance to walk across University Dr. to campus.

Refunds:

Full refunds will be available for cancellations made at least three weeks before the beginning of the institute. Partial refunds may be available for cancellations up to one week before the institute begin. No refunds will be made after that time.

An email confirmation will be sent and serve as an invoice for payment.  The contact person for your institute will be listed on confirmation and will provide details on institute during the summer.

 

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