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Abstract Title: Reaching Students through Informal Science Education
Abstract: We present findings from the University of Colorado's Partnership for Informal Science Education in the Community (PISEC) [1,2,3].  This model of university-community partnerships brings together primary school students with university educators in Math, Engineering, and Science Achievement (MESA) sponsored after school programs.  The elementary students worked through flexible inquiry based circuit activities based on the Physics and Everyday Thinking (PET) curriculum [4] with physics graduate and undergraduate students learning about education in the community.  We document the interactions that these informal science education (ISE) environments support and present findings on conceptual learning gain and attitude shifts of the children who participated.

[1] N.D. Finkelstein and L. Mayhew, "Acting in Our Own Self-Interest: Blending University and Community," Proceedings of the 2008 Physics Education Research Conf, AIP Press, Melville NY, 1064, (2008).
[2] L. Mayhew and N.D. Finkelstein, "New Media and Models for Engaging Under-Represented Students in Science," Proceedings of the 2008 Physics Education Research Conf, AIP Press, Melville NY, 1064, (2008).
[3] PISEC,  
[4] S. Robinson, F. Goldberg, and V. Otero, "Physics and Everyday Thinking,"
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Jessica Bartley
University of Colorado at Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309
and Co-Presenter(s)
Jessica Bartley*, Dr. Laurel Mayhew*, Dr. Noah Finkelstein*
*University of Colorado at Boulder