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Abstract Title: Queering Computation
Abstract Type: Workshop
Abstract: Computation is intertwined with essentially all aspects of physics research and is invaluable for physicists' careers. Despite its disciplinary importance, integration of computation into physics education remains a challenge and has tended to be constructed narrowly as a route to solving physics problems. Moreover, little attention has been paid to who is doing computation vis a vis marginalization, nor to the masculinized culture around contemporary computing. In this workshop we will "Queer" computation by proposing an educational environment that centralizes inquiry, agency and scientific practices. Central to the design is Making, the creation of shared physical and digital artifacts intended to promote students' creativity and self-expression alongside doing physics.

In this session, we'll introduce the design of our environment, present evidence from our explorations of 4 years of implementation at Tufts University. Participants will try elements of the activity and identify ways that they could adapt and incorporate this into their own environment. The workshop will conclude with data on how Queer people have engaged in this environment and prospects for future refinement.
Footnote: Elements of our design are presented in https://arxiv.org/abs/2203.04134
Session Time: Parallel Sessions Cluster II
Room: Imperial Ballroom

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Timothy Atherton
Tufts University
Medford, MA 02155
Phone: 6176272835
and Co-Presenter(s)
Anna Phillips (She/Hers), Tufts University
Ezra Gouvea (He/Him), Tufts University