2019 AISL PI Meeting Poster: Integrating STEM and Digital Literacies with Adolescents

Monday, February 11, 2019
Resource Type:
Conference Proceedings | Reference Materials
Environment Type: 
Media and Technology, Websites, Mobile Apps, and Online Media, Public Programs, Afterschool Programs, Summer and Extended Camps, Public Events and Festivals
Elementary School Children (6-10) | Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum/ISE Professionals | Scientists
Art, music, and theater | Ecology, forestry, and agriculture | Technology
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University of Miami, University of Arizona

The STEM + Digital Literacies (STEM+L) project investigates science fiction composing as an effective mechanism to attract and immerse adolescents (ages 10-13) from diverse cultural backgrounds in socio-scientific issues related to environment.

The participating students (G5-8) work in small groups to design and produce STEM content rich, multimedia science fictions during the summer (1 week) and the academic year (4-6 2.5hr sessions). Culminating activities include student presentations at a local science fiction film festival.

The research component employs an iterative, design-based approach that investigates the following questions:

  1. How do students learn in an integrated way (e.g., STEM content, multimodal digital literacies) in STEM+L?
  2. How do we support students' participation and learning in STEM+L?
  3. How do we assess student learning in STEM+L?
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Team Members

Ji ShenJi ShenPrincipal Investigator
Blaine SmithBlaine SmithCo-Principal Investigator

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