University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy


Parents and Children Experiencing Science (PACES)

A PACES event

PACES is an outreach program that helps parents and children learn about science together.

PACES promotes science education in under-represented communities in a format where parents model learning for their children. This format allows young children (pre-k through 3rd grade) to see their own parent valuing an educational experience and finding that science is fun and exciting. The goal is to insure that the parent and child will view themselves as confident co-learners of science. Short courses (45-60 minutes) will be designed to promote critical thinking for both the parent and the child in a non-threatening format. The emphasis would be on parents and children jointly making observations and generating questions. It is intended to be a format where parents model the curiosity, focused involvement and enjoyment of learning.

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