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  Session: Physics Outside the Classroom: After School Clubs, Summer Camps and Other Enrichment Programs
  Paper Type: Invited
  Title: Next Generation STEM Preparation Through LIGO Science Education at Southern University*
  Meeting: 2016 Winter Meeting: New Orleans, Louisiana
  Location: N/A
  Time: 7:00PM
  Author: Stephen C. McGuire, Southern University and A&M College
225-573-9126, smcguire1@cox.net
  Co-Author(s): Luria Young
  Abstract: This talk focuses on our 10-year local partnership with the LIGO Science Education Center (SEC) in science education through in-service and pre-service programs that primarily impact K-16 teacher preparation. Principal on-campus components of our science educational outreach effort include the SUBR-LIGO Inquiry Laboratory and the LIGO Docent Training Program. Both support teacher pre-service and in-service activities by introducing classical LIGO science concepts to a broad spectrum of undergraduate majors, practicing teachers, and the public through the use of interactive exhibits and in doing so enhance science literacy throughout the region. Further, the Inquiry laboratory and Docent Training Program serve as sources for graduate student projects for the university‚Äôs doctoral program in Science and Mathematics Education (SMED). Details of the partnership, a summary of recent outcomes, and future plans will be presented.
  Footnotes: *Work supported by National Science Foundation Grant No. PHY-0917543.
  Presentation: McGuire_AAPT_2016_Talk_Upload.pdf

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