2023 Workshop for Raising Calculus and The Vector Calculus Bridge Project

Applications are now open for a 4.5-day joint workshop which combines the approaches of Raising Calculus to the Surface and The Vector Calculus Bridge Project. The workshop will be held Sunday evening on June 25th through Thursday afternoon, June 29th, at Concordia University in Irvine, California. The curriculum for Raising Calculus and The Vector Calculus Bridge Project nicely complement and support one another: They both approach multivariable/vector calculus from a geometric perspective and utilize group-based activities to provide opportunities for students to discover and explore underlying mathematical concepts.  Participants in the workshop will

  1. Investigate multivariable and vector calculus topics from a geometric viewpoint using multiple representations,

  2. Gain experience with the activities from the student perspective,

  3. Learn and use techniques which help bring student ideas into the classroom through small-group and whole-class discussion,

  4. Discuss how to incorporate the Raising Calculus and Vector Calculus Bridge materials into their existing course.

Workshop Dates: Sunday June 25th (5:00pm - 7:00pm), Monday, June 26th (8:30am - 4:30pm), Tuesday, June 27th (8:30am - 4:30pm), Wednesday, June 28th (8:30am - 4:30pm), Thursday, June 29th (8:30am - 2:00pm)

Workshop Leaders: Aaron Wangberg (Winona State University), Melinda Schulteis (Concordia University - Irvine), Tevian Dray (Oregon State University), and Corinne Manogue (Oregon State University)

NSF Support

Funding from the NSF provides support for 24 participants with travel (\$750), local accommodations on the Concordia University - Irvine campus, and instructors materials including a classroom kit of 4, 8, or 12 surfaces. Limited partial support is available for a second instructor from an institution - contact Aaron Wangberg for more details.

Applications for the workshop are currently open until March 15th. Decisions will be shared by March 23rd. If more instructors register for the workshop than can be supported with NSF funds, we will keep a waiting list and notify people if/when spots become available. We may have to limit support to one instructor per institution.

Application and Cost:   Instructors of multivariable calculus at the high school or undergraduate level are encouraged to complete the Application Form. The workshop registration fee is waived due to NSF support.

Workshop participants can also purchase material kits (described here) if additional kits are needed. Kits contain surfaces, contour maps and coordinate grids, measurement tools, dry erase markers, and the instructors guide. Kits are made by students at Winona State University and can be sold to workshop participants so that they can implement the curriculum covered in the workshop. Kits are priced at \$185 (small kit, 4 surfaces), \$305 (medium kit, 8 surfaces), \$425 (large kit, 12 surfaces) or \$545 (extra large kit, 16 surfaces).

Lodging and Local Accommodations: Participants will stay in summer housing at Concordia University in Irvine in "Quad" rooms. Dining services will be provided through Concordia University. Additional information about these details will be sent to registered participants.

Concordia University at Irvine is within miles of the ocean, Disney World, and attractions. Workshop participants can pay for their families to stay in dorms at Concordia University during the workshop (estimated. $25 per person per night).

Flights and Transportation:  The nearest major airport to Concordia University is John Wayne Airport [SNA]. It is 6.5 miles away from Concordia University and is the most convenient. Los Angeles International Airport [LAX] is 45 miles away and offers several transportation options. (Round trip on Super Shuttle between LAX and Irvine is about \$55.