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Abstract Title: We Are Not Only Physicists: Creating Spaces That Support Students in Many Ways
Abstract: Creating informal physics experiences that support students by integrating personal interests with physical concepts can provide a unique opportunity for students to cultivate multiple identities. These blended spaces present activities that allow learners to make meaning in ways that might not otherwise be possible and build meaningful interest in physics. Informal physics programs that intentionally blend physics learning with other areas of interest (art, music, sports, etc.) allow for supportive of more than just the student's physics identity, including their racial, cultural, and gender identities. Considerations for program design and implementation will be discussed as well as current efforts to research and understand existing informal programs intentionally blending physics and other interests. Finally, work that is aiming to create new programs and frameworks for understanding program design and identity support will be discussed.
Abstract Type: Symposium Talk
Parallel Session: Blending Physics and Other Interests (In and Out of the Classroom)
Session Time: Parallel Sessions Cluster II
Room: Cascade B

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Brean Prefontaine
Michigan State University