3-10 August 2016
Chicago IL USA
US/Central timezone
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Why you should talk to preschoolers about particle physics

Aug 6, 2016, 6:00 PM
Riverwalk A/B

Riverwalk A/B

Poster Education and Outreach Poster Session


Karen Gibson (Case Western Reserve University)


While many physicists seem to believe that particle physics is too complicated for young children to comprehend and prefer to reach out to students at the middle school level or higher, my observations suggest that by the time children are in their early teens, many have already been "lost" to the hard sciences, especially girls. I will present my experiences talking with preschool classrooms and discuss the motivations for explaining the basics of particle physics to young children, including practical suggestions for effective ways to do so.

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Karen Gibson (Case Western Reserve University)

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