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Teaching Radiation Literacy and Nature of Science via Inquiry
  Location: HC 3029
  Date: Wednesday, Aug.3
  Time: 9:20 AM -9:30 AM
  Author: Andy Johnson, Black Hills State University
  Co-Author(s): Anna Hafele
  Abstract: Most Americans know very little about ionizing radiation, nuclear power, and nuclear waste. What they do know is based on movies, cartoons, and video games. Non-science majors wonder? Will radiation make them radioactive mutants? What about cell phones and microwaves? Is radiation chemicals or waves? To top it all off, many students know very little about atoms. We are developing innovative materials for teaching nonscientists about radiation using inquiry. This approach also teaches students new ways to reason scientifically. I will present some ways we have developed to help students clarify types of radiation and contamination by direct experimentation, understand causes and effects of radiation using innovative online atom simulators, and apply their new knowledge to make sense of radiation health effects and nuclear waste. Find the materials at The Radiation by Inquiry project is supported by NSF DUE 0942699
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