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Physics Outreach in Canada: A University-Industry-Government Collaboration
  Location: KFC Courts
  Date: Monday, Aug.1
  Time: 8:45 PM -9:30 PM
  Author: Marina Milner-Bolotin
The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
1-604-822-4234, marina.milner-bolotin@ubc.ca
  Co-Author(s): Adriana Predoi-Cross , Li-Hong Xu , Shohini Ghose , Roby Austin
  Abstract: In Canada, education is part of a Provincial Mandate, thus every province has its own curricula in every school subject. All across the country, physical science is included as an important part of K-12 curricula. However, for the most part, elementary school teachers have very limited physical science knowledge. They are generalists and most of them have not taken physics beyond grade 11 and very few took introductory physics in college. This is especially troubling, since most of the students decide on their most and least favorite subjects in upper elementary school (grades 4-6). To combat this problem, the government, industry, and universities and colleges all across Canada have established a country-wide physics outreach effort. The poster will describe Canadian physics outreach activities in K-16 classrooms and their effectiveness.
  Footnotes: None
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