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Physics Phenomena as a Catalyst and Context for Cultivating Community and Camaraderie
  Location: HC 3028
  Date: Monday, Aug.1
  Time: 8:30 AM -9:00 AM
  Author: Erik Herman
Cornell Laboratory for Accelerator based Sciences and Education
520-400-0980, eah229@cornell.edu
  Co-Author(s): Lora K. Hine
  Abstract: Over the past year, Cornell's Laboratory for Accelerator Based Sciences and Education has been field-developing its science outreach mobile programming. An iterative process based on existing models, our expansion includes a theatrical kid-powered physics demonstration show, the use of informal venues for science experiences, and bringing science into family conversations with make-and-take exploration. Each component is driven by core motivations: illuminating the simple intrinsic beauty of physical phenomena, making physics familiar and accessible, and bringing people together in the context of science. Practical considerations include: the use of cheap and available resources, establishing a brand, building and maintaining a enthusiastic team of volunteers, and building a following. There are also challenges: how to teach without being didactic, how to provide problem-solving experiences that aren't frustrating, and how to measure success.
  Footnotes: None
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