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Patterns Physics: Complete Unit 5: Send a Text (Waves & Technology) & Introduce Unit 6: 50 Year Energy Plan (Electricity, Power Production, & Climate Science)

Workshop Details

Date(s): March 5, 2020
Time: 8:30AM-3:30PM
Place: Lane ESD Main Campus (directions)
Presenter: Bradford Hill, Physics and CTE Engineering Teacher at Mountainside High School, Beaverton SD, Oregon
Audience: High school physical science and physics science teachers; science/math/STEM teachers
Capacity: 30 participants
Fees: Free for Lane County high school science teachers, $150/day for teachers outside of Lane County
  • Live the experience for Unit 5: Send a Text (Waves & Technology) and Unit 6: Designing a 50 Year Energy Plan (Electricity, Power Production, & Climate Science).
  • Engage in an experience that will allow you to make instructional shifts to better serve our students.

This workshop aims to engage participants in a cell phone and telecommunications project. This 3D learning progression, like the 5 others that make up the Patterns Approach to Physics, integrates PBL, modeling, and the science and engineering practices. We begin with the phenomenon of a cell phone call where the student asks, "how are you hearing me?" That launches us into telecommunications and a learning progression that targets all the NGSS wave performance expectations, and how the ear works. In addition, in the learning progression participants will code a simple app to first encode binary digital information and then decode it back into a text message.

This session also engages participants in activities from an NGSS 3D learning progression that bundles physics, earth science, and engineering and utilizes project-based learning, modeling, and whole-class inquiry. Launched by an Engineering Challenge to create a 50-Year Energy Plan for our state that is solutions-oriented, not gloom and doom. Along the way, students build speakers and electric guitars to investigate motors and generators, engineer the design of wind turbines, mathematically model solar cells, and argue from evidence about power production's effects on climate through modeling and computational thinking. This is a culminating unit in the year-long Patterns Approach to teaching physics, an open-source, collaboratively developed NGSS 3D curriculum (

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Lunch: No lunch will be provided.
Prerequisites: None required. Attending Workshops 1-8 will provide important background for this workshop, but it is not required.
Notes: All participants will be provided a certificate for PDUs based on the training hours.
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