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CEMS Karen Cummings

Karen Cummings is a Professor of Physics at Southern Connecticut State University where she teaches undergraduate science courses for pre-service elementary school teachers and high school science teachers, as well as graduate-level courses for in-service science teachers.

Dr. Cummings earned her Ph.D. in experimental condensed matter physics for the University of Albany.Before moving to SCSU, she spent five years as the Edward Hamilton Clinical Assistant Professor of Physics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where she helped to develop and run their Studio Physics Program. Dr. Cummings' research focuses on the learning and teaching of physics, including assessment of learning outcomes, the effective use of technology, development of problem-solving ability in introductory students, and development of curricular materials for use in modern learning environments. She has given over 70 invited presentations on promising practices in science education.

Dr. Cummings is a member of the Pathways to Academic Excellence (PAcE) Steering Committee.


Description of Presentation:

    Interactive Lecture Demonstration (ILDs) covering your choice of core physics content (including motion, force, and basic electric circuits concepts) linked to state science standards. (Gr. 4-10)

    Demonstrations are designed to enhance conceptual learning of physics content through active engagement of students in the learning process, and have been demonstrated through physics education research to significantly enhance student learning of concepts.

    *Laptop computer, Projector, and Data Collection Equipment will be Used, But Presenter will Bring Them along.