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Abstract Title: A Design-Based Informal Physics Program from a Youth Perspective
Abstract: A core principle of design-based programming is its focus on iterative improvement through the incorporation of viewpoints from multiple stakeholders. The youth who participate in these programs are heavily invested and spend their time and energy interacting with the program structures; however, their feedback is rarely considered in the iterative design process. The Partnerships for Informal Science Education in the Community is an informal physics program adapted from the design-based Fifth Dimension afterschool model. In this work, we consider the child participants as stakeholders in the program and ask what it is that children value in an informal physics program. Semi-formal interviews with the children are coded within the context of the Fifth Dimension framework to understand the youth perspective with respect to both physics and non-physics practices. We also consider how the results may be used to inform the next iteration of the program design.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session I
Poster Number: A25
Contributed Paper Record: Contributed Paper Information
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Brett Fiedler
University of Colorado at Boulder, JILA
and Co-Presenter(s)
Claudia Fracchiolla - Marie Curie Fellow, University College Dublin
Michael Bennett - University of Colorado at Boulder, JILA
Kathleen Hinko - Michigan State University
Noah Finkelstein - University of Colorado at Boulder