Workshop Supplies, Equipment, and Materials

1. MODELING instructional resources in Mechanics, Chemistry I and II, Physical Science, E&M, Light, Biology, or CASTLE.

All Modeling curricula is available on the AMTA member portal. A one-year AMTA membership is offered for first-time workshop attendees for the low price of $25 and returning workshop attendees can join AMTA for $50 on the first day of the workshop.

Print version of workshop curriculum materials. These are printed, three-hole punched, shrink-wrapped, and shipped by
Crown Press in Phoenix. They don’t ship individual manuals, and they prefer to print large orders.

Updated prices:

  • Mechanics: $16 (420 pgs)
  • Waves: $16 (322 pgs)
  • Electricity & Magnetism: $15 (262 pgs)
  • CASTLE Manuals: $16 (304 pgs)
  • Light: $15 (228 pgs)
  • Chemistry 1: $16 (378 pgs)
  • Chemistry 2: $15 (200 pgs)
  • Physical Science: $12
  • Biology: $37 (740 pgs)

ORDERING INFO for Crown Press:
To place an order for your Modeling Instruction Teacher’s Manuals,
you can email your order to:
Patrick O’Dell

You can also call Crown Press: 602-437-4444 (office) Patrick O’Dell: 480-526-8823

Crown Press – 2450 S 24th St, Phoenix, AZ 85034 Open 8:300 to 5:00 M-F

Federal tax ID number: 86-0576954

For print materials a 2″ 3-ring binder with tab dividers is essential. A 3″ binder is recommended for the biology manual.

2. Recommendations for Vernier Software & Technology for chemistry and physics workshops
3. Whiteboards:

Buy these at Lowe’s or Home Depot, and have them delivered to the workshop site. I suggest that you order 6 for each teacher (ask them to cut each 4’ x 8’ sheet into six 24” x 32” student whiteboards: about $15 per sheet).  Recently discovered, you can buy pre-cut whiteboards (chalkboard on back) at Lowe’s for approximately $6 each.  For suggested maintenance, download the fact sheet on whiteboards.

4. Constant Motion Vehicle

(mechanics and physical science):
a) Get them by the case from Westminster Co.
Item number 0004, Antenna Tumble Buggy
$103.68/box of 24

Westminster Inc.
159 Armour Drive, Atlanta, GA 30324
Toll Free: 800-241-8697
Fax: 888-228-2082
Federal tax ID number: 58-1155472

5) Books that teachers find valuable

a) The text for the modeling workshop in mechanics is:
TEACHING INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS by Arnold B. Arons (John Wiley, 1996 or 1997). ISBN-10: 0471137073 ISBN-13: 978-0471137078

Discount Code: Contact Wendy Hehemann for the discount code that must be entered on before checkout

b) A crucial resource for physics teachers:
PRECONCEPTIONS IN MECHANICS by Charles Camp and John Clement.

  • Download it FREE on the AMTA website (under Modeling Works tab — Useful Resources) (Note: physical science teachers find the introduction, chapter 1 and the appendix useful.)
  • Link to it at in the section on “students’ naive conceptions”.

c) We find the Karplus textbook to be a valuable resource for physics and chemistry teachers.
Two options:

  • Download it (or any chapters) FREE at . Login “guest” and Password “guest” Link to Fernand Brunschwig’s supplementary materials (simulations, energy flow diagrams, answers to end-of-chapter questions) at the same webpage.
  • Buy it, in paperback: Introductory Physics: A Model Approach by Robert Karplus, 2nd or 1st edition, edited by Fernand Brunschwig. Copyright 2011 or 2003 (either edition is fine).

($25/copy for orders of 20 copies or more)
Fernand Brunschwig, Publisher
245 West 107 Street, Apt. 10B
New York, NY 10025
Preferred phone number: 646-942-7451 (cellphone)
fbrunsch@gmail.comFederal Tax ID (Employer ID #): 27-2736696

Discounted price online is about $35.
Search on Brunschwig or Karplus, Robert.
ISBN-10: 0982725809 ISBN-13: 978-0982725801

d) LAB PRACTICUMS, by Hank Ryan and Jon Barber.
The order form is at
Click on “Lab practicums”. Cost: $23 + $3 shipping.

e) INTRODUCTORY PHYSICAL SCIENCE (9th edition) by Haber-Schaim, Gendel, Kirksey, Pratt . Includes force, motion, and Newton’s laws ($68 in 2012). Visit their extensive website:

Federal tax ID number: 04-3211646

f) THE CHEMISTRY CLASSROOM, by Dudley Herron. Buy on for about $30.

g) A POSTER: Why Take Physics
The classroom poster called WHY TAKE PHYSICS costs $.30 for AAPT members in 2015 (and $1.00 for non-members) at the AAPT store.

Download the “7 MYTHS ABOUT HIGH SCHOOL PHYSICS” brochure (new as of 2011) at
It informs guidance counselors, parents, students, and others about benefits of taking physics in high school. You can order multiple copies by following the links there. 10 for $2.49.


1) For the 1st physical science workshop (on matter & energy
• stop clock (MyChron stop watch),
• metric tape measure
• 1 cm plain cubes
• 1 cm interlocking cubes
• volume relation set
• electronic balance or triple-beam balance
• Graphical Analysis software (Vernier Software: $80; ask for 5% discount)

2) Physical science & chemistry teachers like the Eureka DVD Heat and Temperature. Episodes 16-21 can be found on YouTube

3) DVDs of A Private Universe and Minds of Our Own., free Video on Demand (or for purchase). Search for “Minds of Our Own,” and “A Private Universe” to view these programs


1) quad-ruled computation notebooks (8.5 inches x 11 inches are best). Costs about $14 at Staples.

2) scissors, scotch tape, 3-hole punches, name-tags, & staplers

3) dry erase markers

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