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  Session: Creating Research-Like Experiences for All Students
  Paper Type: Invited
  Title: From Replicating Eratosthenes to Cavendish -- A Capstone Project for All
  Meeting: 2014 Summer Meeting: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  Location: N/A
  Time: 9:00AM
  Author: Robert Hobbs, Bellevue College
425-564-3154, rhobbs@bellevuecollege.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: For nearly 30 years Bellevue College has employed a capstone lab project in the last quarter of the first year calculus-based physics sequence. This assignment can provide many of the attributes of an undergraduate research experience and may be scalable/adaptable to a variety of institutions. Students confront design, fabrication, and measurement issues around an experimental question not addressed by labs in any part of the rest of the sequence. The current assignment requires them to improve the experiment informed by an analysis of preliminary results. Students must present their results to their peers accompanied by artifacts from the experiment. These artifacts often become part of our lecture demonstration equipment collection. Students perform part of the assessment of both their own teammates and other teams. History, our motivation, assessment, resource requirements -- both material and human, benefits, and problems will be addressed in the talk. See http://scidiv.bellevuecollege.edu/physics/hobbs/capstone/
  Footnotes: None
  Presentation: Hobbs-CapstoneProjects-final.pdf

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