Computational Modeling in Physics First with Bootstrap

Summer 2021 Workshop


The Computational Modeling in Physics First with Bootstrap project will hold its final workshop from June 28 - July 16, 2021. (Due to COVID-19, this workshop will be held virtually via Zoom for a period of 4 hours per day, with optional office hours for additional support). Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until all slots are filled, at which time the application form will no longer accept submissions.

Read about this project in the Project Overview, or learn more about the project's rationale and research below:


Project Overview

Computational thinking is widely recognized as an essential skill for the future workforce and success in STEM. This grant engages teachers in professional development to plan and implement classroom instruction in algebra-based Physics First courses that integrates computational modeling (one aspect of computational thinking) through two existing, widely used approaches - Modeling Instruction for physics and Bootstrap for computational modeling.

This program is especially focused on combating many equity concerns associated with student access to physics sand computer science. Working with Physics First teachers will allow this project to impact student populations which will be demographically more diverse than students historically enrolled in standalone computer science courses or upper-grade physics courses.

This grant supports collaborative efforts between the AAPT, American Modeling Teachers Association, Bootstrap, and STEMteachersNYC.

In August 2016, this project brought together 12 New York area middle school and high school Modeling physics teachers to learn programming using the Pyret language from the team that developed the nationally-recognized Bootstrap project to teach algebra to students through computer science. During the workshop, participants developed curricular resources - compatible with Modeling Physics First courses - that they implement throughout the remainder of the school year. In August 2017, a total of 30 teachers came together to revise, expand, and develop additional curricular resources and instructional approaches. Dissemination workshops for teachers new to Modeling and/or Pyret took place in 2018 and 2019.
Learn more about the status of this project at the links below:

To learn more about this initiative, contact Rebecca Vieyra at


Computational Modleing Poster Part 1

For more details and information about AAPT's K12 Programs, please contact Mark Hannum, at