2019 AISL PI Meeting Poster: Understanding how narrative elements can shape girls’ engagement in museum-based engineering design tasks

Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Resource Type:
Conference Proceedings | Reference Materials
Environment Type: 
Public Programs, Museum and Science Center Programs, Exhibitions, Museum and Science Center Exhibits
Elementary School Children (6-10) | Middle School Children (11-13) | Families | Museum/ISE Professionals | Evaluators | Learning Researchers
Engineering | General STEM
Access and Inclusion: 
Women and Girls
New York Hall of Science

This poster was presented as part of the 2019 AISL PI Meeting. In this project, the New York Hall of Science, in collaboration with the Amazeum (Bentonville, AR), the Tech (San Jose, CA), and the Creativity Labs (Indiana University), is conducting a design-based research study to develop evidence-based guidance about how museums can use narratives to create more equitable and effective engineering experiences for girls. Through iterative activity development, the project team is exploring ways of using narrative elements (such as characters, settings, and problem frames) to communicate a story, evoke empathy, and support the engineering design process.

This poster presents information about conceptual approaches and practical considerations for integrating narratives into engineering design activities, along with examples of five engineering activities that have been developed and tested at the New York Hall of Science.

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Team Members

Dorothy BennettDorothy BennettPrincipal Investigator
Susan LetourneauSusan LetourneauCo-Principal Investigator
Katherine CulpKatherine CulpCo-Principal Investigator

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