Conducting Research-to-Practice Work During a Pandemic: Utilizing Video and Zoom to Engage Families in Tinkering-At-Home

Date: 
Friday, February 19, 2021
Resource Type:
Blog Post | Reference Materials
Environment Type: 
Media and Technology, Websites, Mobile Apps, and Online Media, Public Programs, Making and Tinkering Programs
Audience: 
Elementary School Children (6-10) | Pre-K Children (0-5) | Families | Museum/ISE Professionals | Evaluators | Learning Researchers
Discipline: 
Education and learning science | Engineering
Organization:
Chicago Children’s Museum, Loyola University Chicago, Northwestern University
Description: 

When Chicago Children’s Museum (CCM) closed in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the reality of a prolonged closure soon hit home. Like all of our colleague museums, we needed to find a way to remain relevant to our community and carry out important aspects of our work.

One key initiative that needed to be sustained was our National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded research-to-practice project: TALES (Tinkering and Learning Engineering Stories)1. A partnership between CCM, Loyola University Chicago, and Northwestern University, this project studies how narrative and storytelling during tinkering explorations impact families’ engineering learning. The project will result in empirically-based practices and resources that can be used to promote children’s learning about engineering in informal settings.

Funder(s): 
NSF
Funding Program: 
Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)
Award Number: 
1906839
Funder(s): 
NSF
Funding Program: 
Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)
Award Number: 
1906940
Funder(s): 
NSF
Funding Program: 
Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)
Award Number: 
1906808
Document:

Team Members

Tsivia CohenTsivia CohenAuthor
Kim KoinAuthor
David UttalDavid UttalAuthor

Request to Edit a Resource

If you would like to edit a resource, please use this form to submit your request.