A Fresh Look at the Atomic Model

Event Information

Event Venue: 
Woodstock Academy, Woodstock CT
Event Date: 
Sat, 12/03/2016

The Western Division Meeting on December 3, 2016 will be focused on features of the atomic model.  The meeting will be held at Woodstock Academy in Woodstock, CT.  A schedule for the morning and details about each presentation are included below.

Schedule for the Morning

8:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 Welcoming Remarks and Introductions

9:15 Misconceptions about Quantum Concepts with Emily Allen Hoffman

10:45 Interactive Activities to Develop the Atomic Model with Caroline Chute and Mel Gronski

11:45 Wrap up and Closing remarks


Misconceptions about Quantum Concepts

Emily Allen Hoffman is a science educator primarily interested in student learning of abstract topics in the physical sciences. In the past she has done research examining the source of misconceptions about quantum concepts, as well as the development of self-paced curriculum for introductory science courses. Aside from researching, Dr. Allen Hoffman is an advocate for K-12 STEM education with experience teaching secondary science and working with Boston University’s Upward Bound program. In her free time, she enjoys being active (skiing, cycling, hiking, and soccer), painting, drawing, jewelry design, and travel.


Interactive Activities to Develop the Atomic Model

Caroline Chute and Mel Gronski are master chemistry teachers at Woodstock Academy. They work collaboratively to design a student-centered chemistry curriculum for standard and advanced chemistry students. Caroline and Mel will share their three step approach to teaching the atomic model using a physical model, augmentation with technology, and analysis of evidence. Participants will get to try their hand at “Atomic Bowling”, explore a PhET simulation, and interpret evidence to support the nuclear model of the atom. Through this multifaceted approach, Caroline and Mel’s students have access to the atomic model concept through several learning modes, leading to a more complete understanding of the current model of the atom. Participants will leave the workshop with several ideas that they can implement in their classroom immediately.






The meeting will be held in the newly renovated chemistry lab at Woodstock Academy. Parking is located in the faculty lot behind the school.


Woodstock Academy, Room 215


57 Academy Road

Woodstock, CT 06281

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