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Abstract Title: Using Physics Lab Tours for Pre-College Students to Promote Scientific Identity
Abstract: The Partnerships for Informal Science Education in the Community (PISEC) program seeks to bridge some of the gaps between K-12 students from underrepresented groups and professional physicists. In this work, we draw on the NAS/NRC goals of identity and engagement to frame the field trips and lab tours for PISEC students at a large physics research facility. We present goals and principles of design for these events as well as observations from a typical lab tour. Using documented student questions during tours as a direct measure of engagement during the experience, we find that students interrogate their conceptions of what a scientist knows and does. Further, they also ask questions that demonstrate their attempts to reconcile the lab surroundings and scientist activities with their personal and cultural experiences.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Robert Niederriter
University of Colorado - Boulder
Boulder, CO
and Co-Presenter(s)
Kathleen Hinko, University of Colorado - Boulder

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