Hands-On Physics Programs For Middle Level Students

ASU Author/Contributor (non-ASU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Dr.. Jennifer C. Geib, Associate Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
Web Site: https://library.appstate.edu/

Abstract: We describe a series of three female-targeted extracurricular physics programs that we have developed over the last ten years. The programs explore fundamental concepts of physics, relate them to applications, and culminate in student-built devices. Exploring Physics, an eight-session program for female students in grades 5-7, has eight units that explore different concepts in physics, and is used by about 300 students annually throughout Missouri. FEST, Families Exploring Science and Technology is a four-session program for grades 6–7, where students and parents work together to combine physics and engineering principles and build a movable drawbridge. Saturday Scientist is a three-Saturday program in collaboration with local industries, where 8-9 grade students visit industrial sites and learn about applied scientific principles and careers. We also describe evaluation results, related publications, and teacher development institutes. These programs were developed with NSF funding, and are currently working toward being self-sustaining.

Additional Information

Chandrasekhar, M. & Geib, J. (2007). HANDS-ON PHYSICS PROGRAMS FOR MIDDLE LEVEL STUDENTS. 2003 WEPAN National Conference Proceedings: "50/50 by 2020: Working Together for Equity", and 2003 MentorNet Partners Workshop Proceedings. NC Docks permission granted by authors. Publisher version of record available at: https://journals.psu.edu/wepan/article/view/58313
Language: English
Date: 2007
extra-curricular programs, hands-on physics activities

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