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Blond Girls Can't Learn Physics
  Location: Hixson-Lied Auditorium - Harper Center
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.2
  Time: 10:30 AM -12:15 PM
  Author: Stacy McCormack,
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: At the age of six, Stacy McCormack told her entire family that one day she would become a science teacher. Trained as a high school chemistry teacher, she was fearful of making the transition to teaching physics because of her own fear of physics--but the pleading of her students convinced her to make the switch. As she worked toward her graduate degree, one professor in particular made it especially awkward when he remarked I'll tell you right now, because you're a girl and have blond hair, you'll never understand physics. Stacy designed a guided-inquiry style high school physics class at Penn High School in Mishawaka, IN, that is lab-driven, student-centered, and uses numerous formative assessments to guide student learning. Now the 2011 Indiana State Teacher of the Year and an online adjunct instructor of Astronomy, Physics, and Physical Science classes for Ivy Tech Community College in South Bend, IN, Stacy shares her inexpensively created labs in a book for physics teachers titled "Teacher Friendly Physics." Amazingly, each year hundreds of high school students now find success in physics under the guidance of a blond girl.
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