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Abstract Title: Identity in STEAM: Building physics identities through performance
Abstract: Educational programs that integrate the arts and sciences, or STEAM, are growing in prominence within the informal education sphere. However, there is still work to be done on understanding what these programs do for students. We begin to answer to this question through an examination of identity. With the broad research goal of understanding physics identity for Black students, we explore the potential for informal STEAM educational spaces to plant the seeds of physics identity through the use of pedagogies and activities that incorporate dance and theatre. We present findings from a study where Black physicists were asked about how their participation in the arts impacted their physics identities. These findings show that the performing arts played several different roles in these physicists lives. Here, we present the ways that these themes map onto potential structures, pedagogies, and norms in an informal physics and performance program for youth.
Abstract Type: Symposium Poster
Parallel Session: Wonderful Ideas Deserve Wonderful Research: Techniques for Studying Informal Physics Programs
Session Time: Parallel Sessions Cluster III

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Simone Hyater-Adams
University of Colorado
and Co-Presenter(s)
Tamia Williams, Claudia Fracchiolla, Noah Finkelstien, Kathleen Hinko