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Patterns Physics: Complete Unit 6: 50 Year Energy Plan (Electricity, Power Production, & Climate Science) + Preview Unit 7: Space & the Universe

Workshop Details

Date(s): April 20, 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 of 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.
Description: This session 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 (

This session also provides a preview to Unit 7: Space & the Universe. Using the hook of Halley's comet, dark matter, and dark energy students data mine Newton's Law of Universal Gravity and construct and evaluate arguments for the Big Bang.

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Lunch: No lunch will be provided.
Prerequisites: None required. Attending Workshops 1-9 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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