Institutes - 2014
Biology | Chemistry
| Mathematics | Physics
June 23-26, 8am – 5pm (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 ($475) 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. It is recommended that participants bring a laptop and flash drive if possible.
Biology Parking: The biology institute will take place at Bryan High School - on campus parking fees not necessary.
Biology Housing Cost – for the 4 day institute - is additional $176 (double occupancy)/$352 (private occupancy): Housing for Biology participants is offered through the institute at The Ramada Bryan/College Station.
Two biology housing options are available:
- Double occupancy – 2 participants will be paired in a double-occupancy room – 4 nights, $176
- Private/single occupancy – participant will have private single occupancy room – 4 nights, $352
Parking at hotel & breakfast is included in the price.
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
July 15-18, 8am – 5pm (ONLY 4 DAYS)
The Department of Chemistry is offering two TAMU AP Chemistry Institutes, one for AP and one for Pre-AP Chemistry teachers. The Institute has been very popular during past summers and will be very useful to you.
This very intensive week will cover the most challenging course content, including the changes which occurred with the redesign of the course. An emphasis will be placed on the new curriculum framework and its implementation in the classroom including the Big Ideas, Enduring Understandings, Essential Knowledge, Science Practices, and the Learning Objectives that constitute the new course. Resources will be reviewed and inquiry activities will be demonstrated. Many labs will be performed to assist participants in becoming more confident AP teachers. The new exam questions will be analyzed and participants will participate in writing/editing older questions into the newer format. Strategies for survival and success in the course will be shared and networking connections will be formed among participants.
What participants should bring:
Consultant: Kristen Jones
- Lab coat or apron
- Closed-toe shoes
- Laptop computer, if possible, with classroom resources/schedule
This course is focused on setting up and teaching Pre-AP Chemistry to support the AP Chemistry framework. This course will emphasize content, labs, and activities appropriate for the Pre-AP Chemistry classroom. The overall goal of this course is to assist participants in advancing their coursework and increasing inquiry labs and activities. Some labs will involve probeware technology and/or inquiry approach. We will also discuss how Pre-AP teachers can adjust their curriculum to accommodate the AP Chemistry content changes, including discussion of the exclusion statements as well as new AP objectives.
What participants should bring:
- Lab coat or lab apron
- Closed-toe shoes
- Lab activities to share and a general calendar for their course
Consultant: Casey Akin
Chemistry Parking: Covered parking in the garage at The Tradition is included in the housing price. The Tradition is close enough to walk to campus depending on location of institute.
Chemistry Housing Cost – for the 4 day institute - is additional $130, breakfast not included.: Housing is offered at The Tradition at Northgate. Each participant will receive a private room in a fully-furnished two bedroom suite (the private bedrooms lock separately, but share a living space and bathroom). Included are a mini fridge and freezer, microwave, high speed internet access (computer needed), and cable (TV needed). You may bring a TV or use one of the media rooms. Linens, towels, and parking in the garage at Tradition are included. All-star amenities include a 24-hour fitness center, swimming pool, The Edge Cafe, media and TV lounges, group study rooms with Ethernet, laundry facilities, covered garage parking and more.
Contact: Veronica Ramirez, Department of Chemistry; 3255 TAMU; College Station, TX 77843-3255
PH: (979)845-1979, FX: (979)862-3308
MATHEMATICS (ONLY 4 DAYS)
For more information about the Summer Institutes and on-line registration, visit our website at http://www.math.tamu.edu/conferences/apcalc.
- June 23-26 | Pre-AP Middle School Mathematics
- July 7-10 | AP Calculus AB
- July 7-10 | AP Calculus AC
- July 28-31 | Pre-AP High School Mathematics
- July 28-31 | AP Computer Science
Contact: Sandra Nite, Department of Mathematics,
3368 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843-3368
PH: (979)845-2915, FX: (979)862-4190
PHYSICS (ONLY 4 DAYS)
June 16-19, 8am – 5pm | Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism, Mechanics (combined)
AP Physics C – Mechanics & Electricity and Magnetism is designed for new or experienced Physics C teachers with emphasis on topics which are more difficult to teach and challenging for the students to learn. We will spend the first two days on topics in mechanics emphasizing rotational and vibrational motion (including oscillation) followed by two days on topics in E & M with emphasis on Gauss’s Law, Ampere’s Law, Biot-Savart Law, and Flux & Emf. RC, RL & LC circuits will also be studied. Labs will be performed ranging from “no-tech” to “high-tech” for each of the concepts studied. Throughout the week, syllabus construction, testing and problem solving strategies, course organization, developing grading rubrics, and additional labs (not actually performed) will be discussed.
June 23-26, 8am – 5pm | Physics 1 & Physics 2, Algebra-Based (combined)
AP Physics 1 & AP Physics 2 Algebra-Based is designed for experienced teachers will provide teaching strategies and changes to the course for 2014-2015 school year. 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 Institutes will be led by Mark Kinsey. A minimum of twelve participants is required. The registration fee ($475) includes textbooks, classroom materials, light lunches and snacks each day.
Physics Parking: Please see additional parking information below regarding parking on campus for the institute.
Physics Housing Cost – for the 4 day institute - is additional $140, breakfast not included. Housing if offered on campus at Hullabaloo Hall.
The new 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. Participants will stay in 2 person suites with private bathroom in each suite. 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.
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
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 $15 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. 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.
Register: To register for BIOL/CHEM/PHYS AP Institute, fill out the following form. An email confirmation will be sent and the contact person for your institute will contact you regarding payment information.