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Newly awarded grant offers physics class to second graders

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Light diffraction, gravity and black holes might be typical subjects for a college lecture hall…or a second grade classroom at Barranca Elementary School.
This semester students in Melanie Haagenstad’s and Kay Swadener’s classes have begun a six-lesson program introducing physics. This unit is made possible through a Los Alamos Public School Foundation Great Ideas Grant awarded to Haagenstad last fall. 
The lessons are created and taught by Nicole Lloyd-Ronning, an astrophysicist affiliated with Los Alamos National Laboratory. With three young children of her own, Lloyd-Ronning has a gift for making high-level concepts accessible to early elementary students by breaking down the topics into simple concepts and by coupling instruction with a variety of hands-on experiments.


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