Each summer, approximately 90 science teachers attend the unique Summer Physics Academy at Buffalo State. This program is ideal for those who teach full time during the school year. Participants earn 6 credit hours per course by taking these workshop classes during the summer. Visiting (non Buffalo State College) students must apply before registering. Three courses are offered during the summer, after schools close. All courses are taught by a collaboration between college faculty members and experienced master (high school) physics teachers. The work is intensive, and instructors are available during and after class to assist with assignments and projects.
Tuition and fees (Summer 2015) for each 6 credit course total ~$2700 for NY State residents (~$5200 for non-residents), according to this page. Some financing is available. Out of state students who do not need the full six credits may be able to arrange for lower tuition. Please contact Dan MacIsaac for details.
For those choosing to live on or near campus (strongly encouraged!), apartment-style housing is available on campus (cost for 2015 is approximately $58 per night), and several hotels are nearby. Parking permits are $10.
For information on how to apply, visit http://graduateschool.buffalostate.edu/ (link opens a new window).
Each course runs Monday through Friday for two to three weeks, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and some evenings (see individual course descriptions), with open facilities available in the evenings. The three courses offered summer 2015 are:
PHY510 (6cr) Process Skills in Physics Teaching for New Physics Teachers. SSB. July 5- 17, 2015 (taught by Dr. David Henry and colleagues); contact firstname.lastname@example.org).
PHY620 (6cr) Powerful Ideas & Quantitative Modeling in Mechanics. Not offered in 2015; will be offered in Summer 2016.
PHY622 (6cr) Powerful Ideas & Quantitative Modeling in Electricity and Magnetism with supplements (microscopic models of matter). SSC. July 20 - August 7, 2015 (taught by Dr. Dan MacIsaac, Meg Helmes and Craig Uhrich); contact email@example.com).