University of Northern Colorado

Pre-Conferece Workshop (July 18 - 29, 2016)

Modeling Instruction:

Cost: $600.00 per person - Includes instruction and lunch Monday through Friday


Modeling Instruction, under continuous development since 1990 under the leadership of David Hestenes (Emeritus Professor of Physics, Arizona State University), corrects many weaknesses of the traditional lecture-demonstration method of teaching science, including fragmentation of knowledge, student passivity, and the persistence of naive beliefs about the physical world. Unlike traditional approaches to teaching science, in which students wade through an endless stream of seemingly unrelated topics, Modeling Instruction organizes each course around a small number of scientific models that form the content core of the discipline, thus making the course coherent. It applies structured inquiry techniques to the teaching of basic skills: (the Next Generation Science Standards call these Science and Engineering Practices) in mathematical modeling, proportional reasoning, quantitative estimation and technology-enabled data collection and analysis.

For further information, please contact Richard Schwenz.


Meals Included:

Lunch is included with the price of this workshop on Monday through Friday and will be served at Holmes Dining Hall. Breakfast is included with Campus Housing only and dinner/weekend meals are on your own.

Housing Options:

On-Campus Housing:

(Available Sunday, July 17th through Friday, July 29th)
Cost: $62.00/person/night

Breakfast is included with the each nights stay. All suites will be assigned with only one person per bedroom, two or three bedrooms per bathroom. If you will be staying through to the BCCE 2016 Conference, all efforts will be made to re-assign Pre-Conference guests to the same room.


If a hotel is what you would prefer, click here for a list of local hotels.


Pre-Conference Workshop Registration: Modeling Instruction