LIGO Document G1501281-x0

Evaluating the efficacy of Black Hole Pong and its successors in arousing interest and promoting understanding of graviational wave research

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LIGO-G1501281-x0
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G - Presentations (eg Graphics)
Abstract:
Students and faculty at the Gravitational Wave Group in Birmingham, UK developed a remake of the classic 1972 game of Pong. Black Hole Pong was developed to be used in events such as science fairs as a way to engage children and pique interest in black holes. I describe a proposed study to assess the utility of Black Hole Pong and its successors in raising awareness of gravitational wave research, and in fostering conceptual understanding of astrophysics and gravity. Of particular interest in this study is potential use in high school science classrooms during astrophysics units.
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