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Abstract Title: New Media and Models for Engaging Under-Represented Students in Science
Abstract: We describe the University of Colorado Partnerships for Informal Science Education in the Community (PISEC) program in which university volunteers participate in classroom and after school science activities with K-12 students in the local community.  We use technology in innovative ways to engage the students and teach about science, and the nature of science.  Across several different K-12 environments, we use stop action motion (SAM) movies [1] and simulations from the physics education technology project (PhET) [2] in which the students can creatively "show and tell" their understanding of the science.  This provides an alternative way for reluctant or ESL students who may have trouble writing their ideas.  We present the model of university community partnership, and demonstrate its utility in a case study one 3rd grade student learning about velocity and acceleration.

[1] Center for Engineering Education and Outreach, Tufts University, Stop Action Motion Animation,

[2] Physics Education Technology Project, University of Colorado,
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Laurel M. Mayhew
JILA/Department of Physics, University of Colorado at Boulder
440 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309
and Co-Presenter(s)
Noah Finkelstein
Department of Physics
University of Colorado at Boulder
finkelsn -at- Colorado.EDU