Location

CSU 254

Start Date

18-4-2016 11:05 AM

End Date

18-4-2016 12:05 PM

Student's Major

Educational Studies: K-12 and Secondary Programs

Student's College

Education

Mentor's Name

Ruth Dawley-Carr

Mentor's Department

Educational Studies: K-12 and Secondary Programs

Mentor's College

Education

Description

For most students going through school, physics can be an intimidating course. Large and complicated textbooks are daunting, the material itself can sometimes be conceptually difficult, and on top of all that, physics uses the language of math to communicate ideas. Additionally, societal expectations have turned women away from the sciences, creating an unequal distribution of gender in science occupations. For these reasons, students are often intimidated by physics. The purpose of this project is to make physics more accessible to every student, especially women, through the use of a comic book. Comic books provide a multitude of advantages for engaging students in the classroom. Students are more likely to relate to a character in a story than they are to relate to a textbook; comic books can be used to incorporate art into a science classroom; and they can serve as a tool to discuss issues facing physics and society as a whole. Making connections between physics, the student’s personal lives, and the society they live in is essential for fully engaging students in the classroom.

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Physics Comic Book: A Classroom Resource for Engaging Students

CSU 254

For most students going through school, physics can be an intimidating course. Large and complicated textbooks are daunting, the material itself can sometimes be conceptually difficult, and on top of all that, physics uses the language of math to communicate ideas. Additionally, societal expectations have turned women away from the sciences, creating an unequal distribution of gender in science occupations. For these reasons, students are often intimidated by physics. The purpose of this project is to make physics more accessible to every student, especially women, through the use of a comic book. Comic books provide a multitude of advantages for engaging students in the classroom. Students are more likely to relate to a character in a story than they are to relate to a textbook; comic books can be used to incorporate art into a science classroom; and they can serve as a tool to discuss issues facing physics and society as a whole. Making connections between physics, the student’s personal lives, and the society they live in is essential for fully engaging students in the classroom.

Recommended Citation

Bukkila, Jacob. "Physics Comic Book: A Classroom Resource for Engaging Students." Undergraduate Research Symposium, Mankato, MN, April 18, 2016.
http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/urs/2016/oral-session-05/3

 

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