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Abstract Title: LCphysX: Teaching undergraduate physics majors in upper-level laboratory courses multi-media science communication skills for public outreach
Abstract: LCphysX is a web-based platform designed with the primary purpose of teaching undergraduate physics majors multi-media science communication skills for engaging in public outreach.  Compelling arguments have recently been made by life scientists, which can be generalized to physics, for the need of training future scientists to engage with a popular audience [1] using digital media [2].  Developed in partnership with Lewis & Clark College's (LC) Library Digital Initiatives team, LCphysX features short student-produced videos that present projects and experiments from upper-level lab courses to a popular audience. LC's unique Advanced Laboratory course provides students with the opportunity to design, build and test their own physics projects, and for many students, their project is the cumulative achievement of their physics education.  Indexed, searchable videos on the LCphysX website permanently archive LC physics projects and serve as pedagogical reference points and inspiration for physics faculty and students at LC and beyond.  In addition, as the Advanced Laboratory course is a requirement for the LC physics major, all physics graduates will leave LC with an active "link" for their resumé that showcases their technical achievements, as well as their ability to communicate scientific ideas.  Assessment of LCphysX's effectiveness in engaging the public will include feedback solicited from high school students across the United States.

[1] Brownell, Sara E., Jordan V. Price, and Lawrence Steinman. "Science communication to the general public: why we need to teach undergraduate and graduate students this skill as part of their formal scientific training." Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education 12, no. 1 (2013): E6.

[2] Wilcox, Christie. "Guest editorial: It's time to e-volve: Taking responsibility for science communication in a digital age." The Biological Bulletin 222, no. 2 (2012): 85-87.
Abstract Type: Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Shannon O'Leary
Lewis & Clark College
and Co-Presenter(s)
Parvaneh Abbaspour, Lewis & Clark College

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