|A PACES event.|
PACES is a program designed to promote science education in under-represented communities in a format where parents model learning for their children. This format will allow young children (1st through 7th grade) to see their own parent valuing an educational experience and finding that science is fun and exciting. The goal is to insure that the parent and child will view themselves as confident co-learners of science. Short courses (45-60 minutes) will be designed that will promote critical thinking for both the parent and the child in a non-threatening format. The emphasis would be on parents and children jointly making observations and generating questions. It is intended to be a format where parents would model the curiosity, focused involvement and enjoyment of learning.
The program will be mobile. All materials and teachers will go to the communities where parents and children can be brought together.
There are several long term goals of this program:
Our program is focused on communities that are economically disadvantaged and exhibiting the greatest disparities in academic achievement among their students.
When possible, PACES events at community centers will be coordinated with Physics Force shows at a near-by school.
This project is funded by the University of Minnesota's Initiative on Children, Youth and Families through the program on "Disparities: Unequal Opportunities, Unequal Outcomes."If you are interested in having a PACES program for your school or group, please contact Nancy Bresnahan.