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K-12 Science 2 Schools Traveling Science Programs: The Center for Integrating Research and Learning

Program Title:
The Center for Integrating Research and Learning
Location:
National High Magnetic Field Laboratory Tallahassee, FL, United States
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Geographical Area:
Anywhere we can get to.
General Description:
For thousands of years humans have been fascinated by magnets and have struggled to understand and harness the power of magnetism. As we have learned more about magnets and the technologies that use magnetic fields, we have made advances in science, materials research, and engineering that have changed our lives. For example computers, electric lights, high-speed trains, diagnostic imaging tools, and conducting ceramics resulted from magnet-related research. Unfortunately, most people lack even a basic understanding of the science or applications of magnets.

One of the goals of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory’s Science Education Outreach program is to assist schools in educating students about magnets and magnetic fields and, in the process, about science and their world.

Specially trained NHMFL staff go out to schools and conduct a variety of programs for students at grades K-12. An example of an outreach program is "What Does a Scientist Do?" This presentation begins with an engaging demonstration and discussion of "What is a Scientist?" This segment challenges the common perception that all scientists are white men with wild hair dressed in white lab coats. Students are oriented to the belief that they too could be a scientist. The presentation then focuses on "what does a scientist do" through the use of magic and observation. Students are challenged to "look, think, ask, and solve" as they begin to explore the world around and within themselves through science.
Area of Science:
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Originally, physics with a concentration on magnetics and superconductors. More recently, our outreach has expanded to include optics, electricity, and other areas of science.
Target Grade Levels:
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K-12
Target Group Size:
Classroom
Cost:
FREE!

The information contained in this page is accurate as of September, 2007.