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Abstract Title: An Idea for Generating Diversity Conversations: Physics Jeopardy and the Future Faces of Physics Kit
Abstract: Is there a way to engage typical physics undergraduates in a conversation about under-represented groups in physics that doesn't result in rolled-eyes or fingers-in-the-ears? The Society of Physics Students has begun an experiment using a jeopardy-like game at physics meetings in an attempt to generate conversations about diversity. The physics jeopardy game is part of a "Future Faces of Physics" kit that includes a variety of materials that are of interest to those wanting to address under-represented audiences in physics, such as video clips exhibiting common physics words in sign language, tactile representations of the lunar surface for blind students, guidelines regarding lab procedures for the wheel-chair bound, and the book, "Einstein on Race and Racism" with a challenge letter directed at SPS chapters from the authors. While attempts to assess the impact of the game are modest, we will report anecdotally some of the qualitative features seen in the discussions when the game is played. We will also strive to indulge in a few physics jeopardy game moments during the poster session so that attendees get a sense of how the game works.  If you are hosting a meeting, large or small, and would like to receive this kit for use at your meeting, notify Kendra Rand, SPS Program Coordinator at krand@aip.org.
Abstract Type: Targeted Poster
Targeted Session: Showing Ourselves Friendly: Addressing Race in Physics Culture
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Gary White
Society of Physics Students; American Institute of Physics
1 Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20770
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Kendra Rand - krand -at- aip.org (Society of Physics Students; American Institute of Physics)