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PISEC studies the effect of the outreach program on K-12 populations underrepresented in the sciences as well as on university students participating in the program. For the children, we are interested in changes in content knowledge and changes in attitudes and beliefs about science. Assessment is as important in after school programs as it is in formal educational environments to ensure that the resources we bring are effective.
For the university students, we are interested in changes in teaching ability, changes in the ability to communicate in everyday language, and changes in attitudes and beliefs about outreach. Many graduate students and post-docs do not have the opportunity to teach during their training, but may be expected to teach in future faculty positions. Speaking in accessible language to children and the general public may increase science literacy, and provide an opportunity for the individual to be an ambassador for science. Incorporating outreach to diverse populations into university students' science training is an important part of the PISEC program.