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Thursday, July 11 • 10:45am - 11:45am
Potential Energy: 3D Learning with Kindergartners

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Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum will be showcasing their outreach program, Potential Energy, which uses three-dimensional teaching methods to introduce physics concepts to kindergarten students. The Potential Energy program (PEP) is a free, 45-minute per class program offered to schools across the state. It covers Utah Core Science Standard 3 Objective 1 for the kindergarten curriculum but was designed to be easily transferred to the new SEEd standards. Students participate in hands-on experimentation as well as see demonstrations that show concepts such as gravity, forces, and laws of motion. With guidance from an outreach educator, students discover and describe these physics basics without being overwhelmed by complex vocabulary or abstract ideas. Presenters will walk through the program while explaining how the youngest learners come to understand topics that have traditionally been viewed as too complex for the kindergarten classroom and how common misconceptions can be addressed in the earliest grade levels.

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Laura Cotter

Senior Manager of Outreach Education, Discovery Gateway Children's Museum
Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum (DGCM) provides opportunities for children and families to learn while at play, in a hands-on exhibit environment of over 60,000 square feet that serves as a platform for education and creativity. Early-childhood, science, and arts educators provide... Read More →

Thursday July 11, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am MDT
Room 125, Reeves Building, USU Eastern 451 East 400 North, Price, Utah 84501