Because of the COVID pandemic, PISEC facilitation will be entirely online for the Spring 2021 semester. Both primary-school and high-school programs will be facilitated online through Canvas, CU's course management software, to ensure that PISEC mentors are able to continue PISEC's tradition of high-quality informal physics mentorship while protecting both themselves and our partner school students and teachers.
Other modifications to PISEC operation this semester include:
- Pre-semester training will be facilitated online, and has been modified to include preparation in remote facilitation techniques. Mentors will still receive all the preparation they need to be successful in PISEC.
- PISEC curricula have been adapted to require less of the equipment that the program typically provides to students and more common household items. Students will still choose their path through the curricula, supported by mentors.
- Students will be able to communicate asynchronously with their PISEC mentors, will have physical journals, and activities have been created to allow students to engage with content related to PISEC curricula in between weekly PISEC meetings.
- PISEC has been working with Fiske planetarium to design an expanded curriculum that blends both PISEC and Fiske content, allowing students to experience dome shows as well as PISEC activities.
Interested in learning more about PISEC in Fall 2020? Email program Director Mike Bennett by clicking here, check us out during the falll physics department welcome event, or attend one of our info sessions!