U of M Virtual Summer Workshop - July 2020

July 13-15, 2020 (Mornings)

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Monday, July 13

08:30    Opening Activities (Shane & Jon)

  • Welcome, Introductions (if new teachers are present) 
  • Whip Around - "How are you doing?"
  • Distance Learning in 2020: Successes/Concerns?
    (Gather any ideas for share-a-thon on Wednesday focusing on distance learning)

09:15    STEP UP Program (Shane & Mike Wadness)

  • Introduction to the program & partnership with QuarkNet
  • STEP UP materials & QuarkNet STEP UP materials
  • LINKS:

09:45    SHORT BREAK

09:50    QuarkNet STEP UP Activity: Changing the Culture (Mike Wadness & Shane)

10:50    BREAK

11:00    QuarkNet STEP UP Activity: Careers in Physics (Shane & Mike Wadness)

Tasks for this lesson
Task 1 (Student Hat): Pre-Lesson Brainstorm
What careers can you pursue with a bachelor's degree in physics?
  • In Zoom chat box - thinking like a student - answer the question above.
  • Word cloud example (pre lesson)

Task 2 (Student Hat): Exploring Careers

  1. Take Career Goals Survey and read through 1-2 physicist profiles whose career interests match your own. (Click here and scroll down to see a hard copy of all of the current profiles.)
  2. Break-out rooms...Each person share information about one of your matches...describe the job and skills needed. Any surprises?
  3. Large group...Revisit word cloud example (pre lesson) from task one. Now check out the word cloud example (post lesson). Any additions?
  4. Physics Careers & Salaries (pdf version), then discuss...
    1. Any surprises?
    2. Any comment on any of the following...feelings about job security? ...job satisfaction claims? ...the application of physics skills/knowlege in other fields? ...salaries? ...on jobs that can help others?

Task 3 (Teacher Hat): Personal Career Profile

Task 4 (Teacher Hat): Teacher Reflection

Answer the following in your break-out groups; record responses on the padlet wall.

  1. In what way might you implement all or some of this lesson's tasks into your classroom?
  2. At what point in the school year do you think this lesson works best?
  3. Will you implement the entire lesson in one day, or will you divide the tasks over multiple days?
  4. Do you forsee any challenges in implementing this lesson with your students? How might you overcome these?

~12:00    End of Day 1 - Homework for tomorrow




Tuesday, July 14

08:30    Opening Activity

09:00    QuarkNet STEP UP Activity: Women in Physics Tasks 1-2 (Shane & Mike Wadness)

10:00    BREAK & do first two bullets of next item

10:20    QuarkNet STEP UP Activity: Women in Physics Task 3 (Mike Wadness & Shane)

  • Read the teacher pages for task 3 (during break)
  • Personal reflection writing prompt (during break)
    • Who do you feel comfortable working with in class? • Do you feel more comfortable in any particular class? • Have you felt your abilities were questioned? • Have you seen or experienced gender biases in your own life, either purposeful or unintentional?
  • Break into groups and discuss experiences. (~15')
  • Whole group discussion 
  • As a whole group, discuss options for implementation using your "teacher hat."
  • QuarkNet STEP UP Survey

11:15    SHORT BREAK

11:20    End of Day

  • Housekeeping items
    • Sign-in
    • QuarkNet accounts
    • Friday Flyer?
  • Tomorrow: Prepare for Share-A-Thon


~12:00 - End for the day




Wednesday, July 15


08:30    Opening Activity

  • Reflect on yesterday's activities. Any questions?

08:45    Try new activity: NOvA Detector Neutrino Oscillations (Greg)

10:00    Share-a-thon (link here)

  • A few volunteers share ideas/strategies for distance learning
  • Short break

11:00    Ending activities (Shane)

  • Implementation plan
  • Survey:
  • Planning: In-person  or virtual meeting during the 2020-2021 school year??



Greg Pawloski, Mentor
Jon Anderson, Lead Teacher
Shane Wood, QN Staff
Michael Wadness, QN Fellow & STEP UP Ambassador Lead