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The Rickey summer Science Institute for in-service science teachers is supported by a generous endowment intended to expand and enhance the teaching of physics, physical science, and mathematics

Institute Dates

The five-day institute will consist of morning and afternoon sessions, starting Monday, June 26, 2023, and finishing Friday, June 30, 2023


The Institute will be conducted by Drs. Ann Bragg, Craig Howald, Dennis Kuhl, and Joseph Smith of the Physics Department at Marietta College.


Through shared exploration of new learning and teaching models, we seek to contribute to the effort to improve physics and astronomy education in the United States. We emphasize direct interaction with the physical world because research shows this is the most powerful means by which students can develop an understanding of science concepts.

“… I was very blessed to have had the experience at the Rickey Institute that I had. The contacts that I made with other teachers, the materials and help they shared, the software, tools and experience that the institute provided, and the modeling the professors demonstrated were more than what I had hoped for.

- H. Hardy, past participant


  • The primary benefit to the participants will be the expected gain in teaching effectiveness.
  • All instruction is free of charge.
  • Participants in the Institute will be given a variety of hardware, software, and curricular materials to take back to their respective schools.
  • Room and board will be provided to each attendee.
  • Continuing Education Units will be available free of charge.


Participants have the option to register for three graduate credits for which they pay their own tuition. The tuition cost for the optional credits is $1,125. The credit is given through the Department of Education at Marietta College, for the course EDUC 671-99 Special Topics: Motion and Force.


Topics will include concepts in kinematics and dynamics that are foundational to understanding physics. A typical day will involve the review of a written assignment, hands-on and computer-based laboratory activities, and discussion sessions. Common misconceptions will be confronted and overcome by guiding the participants through the development of a scientist’s model for understanding nature. 

The activities will be either directly applicable or adaptable to the participants’ own classrooms. 

We will use research-based pedagogical materials. Participants will receive integrated hardware, software, and curriculum to take for use at their schools. The lecture will be in the form of interactive lecture demonstration sequences, which model the type of effective pedagogy the participants will present themselves.

335 participants have attended Rickey Summer Science Institutes since 2002. Many have used elements in a variety of ways to become more effective educators.

RSSI Application Process

This year’s institute is open to past participants, as well as newcomers.

Limited space is available. Participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. To apply, complete the application form below. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Kuhl at dennis.kuhl@ or 740.376.4482.

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Through the generous support of the Rickey Endowment, housing and meals are available at no cost to the participants. Lunch and a continental breakfast will be provided for all. Participants staying on campus will have dinner provided,
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either graduate credits or continuing education units

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