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The Power of Physical Sciences (POPS)

image for project The Power of Physical Sciences This MSP-Start Partnership project, "Power of Physical Sciences" (POPS), is partnering the State University of New York at Geneseo and teachers and administrators from five neighboring rural school districts in Livingston County to investigating ways to encourage middle and high school girls to study physics and geological science.

The POPS program is focusing on a hands-on, middle school enrichment curriculum that emphasizes the role that physics and geology play in solving societal problems, specifically in addressing future energy needs in an environmentally responsible way. They are conducting a pilot study to collect preliminary data to help address the question of whether or not a rigorous and engaging enrichment curriculum that emphasizes the societal benefits of the physical sciences can encourage more girls to study physics and geology. Furthermore, pre-service teachers at SUNY Geneseo are involved with this project.

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POPS! The Power of Physical Science: Encouraging Girls to Study the Physical Sciences

Fewer women than men major in the physical sciences. Women make up only 20% of physics bachelors degrees and 40% of geology bachelors degrees in the United States. This disparity…

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The POPS Pilot Study - Can We Encourage More Girls to Study the Physical Sciences?

The POPS team is investigating ways to encourage middle school girls to study physics and geology to address the problem of under representation of women in these disciplines. The POPS…

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Higher Education Partners

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School District Partners

  • Dansville Central School
  • Geneseo Central School
  • Mount Morris Central School
  • Pavilion Central School
  • York Central School