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Transformation of graduate school research projects to community college internship projects with translation to high school Science Talent Search projects

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2018 Mid Atlantic Section Fall Meeting

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Brooklyn Technical High School, Brooklyn, New York, New York

Publication Date

October 26, 2018

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October 26, 2018

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October 27, 2018

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10

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Tak Cheung

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Tak Cheung, Ph.D., professor of physics, teaches in CUNY Queensborough Community College. He also conducts research and mentors student research projects.

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Vazgen Shekoyan

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Dr. Vazgen Shekoyan is a professor of physics and his experiences include pedagogy, CubeSat, etc.

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Kimberly Anne Riegel

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Kimberly Riegel has been an assistant professor at Queensborough since 2015. She completed her Ph.D. at Pennsylvania State University and undergraduate at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY. Her research interests focus on the area of the physics of sound particularly related to noise control using computational and numerical simulations.

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Rex Taibu

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Dr. Rex Taibu has taught studio physics classes for several years. His teaching experience has shaped his research focus. Currently, Dr. Taibu is actively engaged in

1) promoting scientific inquiry attitudes in students through designing, implementing, and assessing innovative inquiry based physics labs.

2) conducting research regarding the role of language in conceptual understanding.

3) exploring cosmic rays (detection, data collection, and analysis).

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Dimitrios S. Kokkinos Queensborough Community College

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Abstract

A 2015 Gen-Z survey by Barnes & Noble Colleges showed that only about 12% students can learn in the tradition lecture setting. The college level physics courses in mechanics and electromagnetism in our community college usually have more than 90% engineering and technology students. One effective solution in the teaching of Gen-Z students would be the availability of hands-on project learning in an internship setting, rather than as part of a traditional course. The transformation of graduate school research projects such as Synchrotron-based X-ray spectroscopy, muon coincident events generated by cosmic ray bombardments, visualization of supercomputer simulations, etc. have been transformed to a level suitable for community college level internship projects with a translational extension for Science Talent Search projects suitable for high school students. The transformation includes the reading of poplar science magazines or web reviews at the high school physics level rather than the reading of the original publications, the procedural duplication of the lab experiments rather than the innovation of a new design and/or construction, and the analysis of the collected data in simple platforms like Microsoft Excel-VBA, Matlab, or elementary Python. The transformation and translation principles have been formulated using episodic future thinking and semantic memory learning models, with a parallelism to bilingual and bi-literate acquisitions in the learning of languages. The assessment of the resulting transformed and translated projects is discussed.

Cheung, T., & Shekoyan, V., & Riegel, K. A., & Taibu, R., & Kokkinos, D. S. (2018, October), Transformation of graduate school research projects to community college internship projects with translation to high school Science Talent Search projects Paper presented at 2018 Mid Atlantic Section Fall Meeting, Brooklyn Technical High School, Brooklyn, New York, New York. https://peer.asee.org/31459

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