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Date: Sunday, July 31


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Can You Use Inquiry to Teach Radioactivity? Yes!
  Location: RS L22
  Date: Sunday, Jul.31
  Time: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
  Price: Member: $70.00
Nonmember: $95.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Research in Physics Education
  Co-Sponsor(s): Committee on Educational Technologies
  Leader(s): Andy Johnson,
  Co-Leader(s): Michael Grams
  Description Can high school or beginning college students develop meaningful understandings of radioactivity via inquiry? They can now! The Inquiry-Based Radiation project is supported by a CCLI grant (DUE 0942699). Roughly thirty hours of inquiry materials are currently available. Content includes basic properties of ionizing radiation, interaction of radiation with matter (including health effects), the origins of radiation and nuclear waste. These research-based materials resolve numerous student difficulties and problematic conceptions that we have identified through repeated classroom trials, observations, and interviews with students. Notable examples include recognizing the quantized character of radiation, EM vs. ionizing radiation, the behavior and structure of atoms, the ionization process, and the meaning of half life. Participants will get a flavor of the materials, learn about learning issues and receive a CD containing the current version including fun and effective simulators.
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