Service Learning - Course Credit for Outreach

Service learning is a philosophy with which individuals are able to make meaningful contributions to the benefit of others while at the same time developing their own knowledge and expertise in an area of personal interest or commitment. Service learning is based on the principles that learning is most effective when contextualized in authentic applications. While providing authentic deliverables to the “customer,” students enrolled in service learning courses learn from their experiences. That learning may involve leadership, the communication of science related ideas and principles to the public, experience in teaching in K-12 classrooms, the design and creation of instructional materials and assessment, and, above all learning relevant science too. A component of the service learning experience is personal reflection on the experience.

The project products of students in the service learning courses are commonly the kinds of materials and apparatus that contribute in meaningful ways to K-12 science classroom teacher practice, as well as to the broader mission of Purdue Physics and Astronomy Outreach.

PHYS29500 (PHYS295)

Outreach Assistance as Service Learning

Offering: Fall and Spring

Credits: 1-3 Credits

Prerequisites: n/a

Level: Undergraduate

Description:
Physics 295 is a service learning class available to students who would like to contribute and participate in the presentation of lessons in physical science to K-12 classrooms or other public events. Students are required to prepare and rehearse labs/activities so they are able to offer professional presentations. Students are also required to maintain a reflection journal, where they record notes about and reflect upon their experiences. Although efforts are made to work around students' schedules, students should have at least on open morning or afternoon each week (2-3 hours) that allows them to devote sufficient time to project design and implementation. One credit is equivalent to 32 hours of involvement in preparation and/or delivery of activities, and journaling time.

Learning Objectives: 1. Learn to apply fundamental principles of instructional design and/or assessment of learning. 2. Contribute to and/or develop and deliver age-appropriate outreach experiences for learning of scientific concepts. 3. Critique and reflect upon personal insights related to outreach experiences.

Repeatable for Additional Credit: Yes

Instructor: Sederberg, David

Email: dsederbe@purdue.edu

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PHYS 59500 (PHYS595)

Instructional Design in Physical Science

Offering: Fall and Spring

Credits: 1-3 Credits

Prerequisites: n/a

Level: Upper undergraduate, graduate, professional

Description:
PHYS 59500 builds on collaborative interactions among current Purdue Physics or Education students, K-12 science educators, Physics and Purdue College of Science faculty, and Physics Outreach. The goal for this course is to provide opportunities and mentorship for independent work that could include the design, piloting, and assessment of instructional materials, relevant to learning and teaching topics and concepts related to the physical sciences. With a “service learning” orientation, students enrolled in this course should expect to learn and build upon the fundamental principles related to the design and implementation of instructional materials in classroom or informal learning environments, and assessment of learning. Materials developed could contribute to the repertoire of practicing teachers and/or Physics Outreach.

Learning Objectives: 1. Learn to apply fundamental principles of instructional design and/or assessment of learning. 2. Develop creative and engaging age-appropriate opportunities to promote the learning of scientific concepts. 3. Critique and reflect upon personal insights and experiences related to non-traditional and informal science education.

Repeatable for Additional Credit: Yes

Instructor: Sederberg, David

Email: dsederbe@purdue.edu

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PHYSICS 29000M (PHYS290M)

QuarkNet - Service Learning Outreach for Physics and Engineering Majors

Offering: Summer, Fall and Spring

Credits: 1-3 Credits

Prerequisites: n/a

Description:
Physics 290M provides an opportunity for undergraduates to become proficient in the set up and use of cosmic ray detector hardware and in the development of demonstrations and activities that support Indiana high school physics curriculum, based on the goals of the QuarkNet program. QuarkNet provides a way to introduce fundamental high-energy physics and astro-particle physics research to high school teachers and their students. Students enrolled in 290M provide the expertise to high school teachers to maximize the benefits provided by the QuarkNet outreach program while minimizing the additional time and effort required to implement it in the classroom.  Students enrolled in Physics 290M will be provided resources to significantly enhance the benefits that high school teachers receive from their participation in the Purdue QuarkNet program. Moreover, they are positioned to significantly impact learning in high school science, mathematics, and technology classrooms.

Instructor: Jones, M.

Email: mjones@physics.purdue.edu

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Last Updated: Aug 4, 2016 2:45 PM