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Date: Monday, August 01


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PIRA: Outreach from the Ground Up
  Location: HC 3028
  Date: Monday, Aug.01
  Time: 8:00AM - 10:00AM
  Presider: Ramesh Sathappan,
  Co-Presiders(s): None
  Equipment: N/A
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Outreach from Higher Ed to K-12: Collaboration and Engagement
  Location: HC 3028
  Date: Monday, Aug.01
  Time: 8:00AM - 8:30AM
  Author: Lisa L. Grable, NC State University
(919) 515-9403,
  Co-Author(s): Lisa Grable
  Abstract: University departments in the STEM fields often work to develop partnerships and collaboration with K-12 school districts and other community partners. What are the issues with building a bridge from current research and practice in physics and other science and engineering to inquiry-based activities for the K-12 classroom? What are challenges to be addressed when working with teachers or students? How can one go from one-shot, feel-good demonstrations to sustained support and student achievement? What are the possible sources of funding for developing programs? How can university faculty and students be engaged in outreach work? Examples from The Science House at NC State University and other programs will be presented. See for information and resources.
  Footnotes: -sponsored in part by NSF Award #0812121, Division of Engineering Education and Centers. -See for information and resources.
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Physics Phenomena as a Catalyst and Context for Cultivating Community and Camaraderie
  Location: HC 3028
  Date: Monday, Aug.01
  Time: 8:30AM - 9:00AM
  Author: Erik A. Herman
Cornell Laboratory for Accelerator based Sciences and Education
  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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Gravitational Waves from the Ground Up
  Location: HC 3028
  Date: Monday, Aug.01
  Time: 9:00AM - 9:30AM
  Author: Kathy D. Holt, LIGO LLO Science Education Center
  Co-Author(s): Amber Stuver
  Abstract: The LIGO Lab in Livingston, LA, searches for gravitational waves or ripples in space-time caused by massive objects undergoing incredible accelerations -- such as colliding neutron stars. LIGO Science Education Center seeks to connect this active scientific research to the public through simple science activities and demonstrations. At LIGO-SEC students of all ages learn about gravity waves by developing their understanding of mechanical waves, sound waves, light waves, and general wave properties. Kathy Holt, LIGO Science Educator, will provide an overview of several low-cost demonstrations and activities that LIGO-SEC uses to explain wave properties and how an interferometer works. Demonstrations will bridge the gap from interference in a hanging wave machine to lissajous patterns from a membranophone. Material will be provided for participants to build at least one demonstration.
  Footnotes: None
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Taking Physics to the Next Level: Physics in Multimedia
  Location: HC 3028
  Date: Monday, Aug.01
  Time: 9:30AM - 10:00AM
  Author: Angella Johnson, University of Southern California
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: Opportunities are expanding for physicists and physics technicians to be involved in outreach efforts in the media. There is a growing interest amongst the general public to truly understand physics concepts and to see it presented in an interesting way. Improving the public's understanding of physics can lead to a greater appreciation for science. This will be illustrated with snippets from recent projects and other colleagues' involvement at USC.
  Footnotes: None
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