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Near-Earth Asteroids: Risk Assessment with Middle School Students
  Location: SS 105
  Date: Monday, Aug.1
  Time: 1:00 PM -1:10 PM
  Author: Kathryn Devine, The College of Idaho
208 459 5064,
  Co-Author(s): Robin Cruz , Ann Koga , James Dull
  Abstract: The College of Idaho (C of I), located in Caldwell, ID, runs a cooperative summer program with Syringa Middle School (Caldwell, ID). This program, titled The C of I/Syringa Math and Science Summer Institute (MSSI), is now in its third year. MSSI is an educational enrichment program for Caldwell 7th and 8th grade students that specifically targets students who demonstrate potential for academic success but who are at risk for dropping out of school. The MSSI provides enrichment activities in science/engineering with a strong mathematical component. The 8th grade students spend the week-long program studying near-Earth asteroids and probability. The students discover what types of asteroids pose a risk to civilization, and apply their knowledge of probability to determine whether civilization is, indeed, at risk. This talk will focus on the misconceptions MSSI students have about probability and asteroid collisions, as well as the benefits of a summer enrichment program for these students.
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