Cyberchase: Mobile Adventures in STEM - Report on a National Pilot of a Text Message-Based Family Learning Program

Date: 
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Resource Type:
Report | Reference Materials
Environment Type: 
Media and Technology, Broadcast Media, Websites, Mobile Apps, and Online Media
Audience: 
Elementary School Children (6-10) | Families | Parents/Caregivers | Museum/ISE Professionals | Evaluators | Learning Researchers
Discipline: 
General STEM | Mathematics
Access and Inclusion: 
Ethnic/Racial
Hispanic/Latinx Communities
English Language Learners
Low Socioeconomic Status
Organization:
Education Development Center, Inc, Education Development Center, Inc.
Description: 

How can creators of STEM learning media reach underserved parents and children, and support the kinds of playful STEM interactions that are foundational for future STEM learning?

This research report summarizes findings from a pilot study of Cyberchase: Mobile Adventures in STEM, a program that uses mobile text messaging and short videos to encourage hands-on family learning among low-income Latino families.     

In the study, 95 mostly Latino families received weekly text messages with video clips from the popular children's series Cyberchase, and fun activities to do with their children. The hands-on activities were on environmental themes like recycling, saving water, and observing local habitats. Families could share activity products like photos with other families online.

After 6 weeks, parents who used mobile media to engage with their children in these ways reported that family members had greater environmental awareness, undertook more conservation behaviors, and described a host of other benefits.

The report discusses implications for media producers and researchers in several areas — mobile text messaging as a platform for joint media engagement between parents and children, strategies for reaching low-income Latino families, and challenges in configuring social media sharing for families. 

 

 

Funder(s): 
NSF
Funding Program: 
AISL
Award Number: 
1713444
Funding Amount: 
$1,125,000

Team Members

Bill TallyBill TallyCo-Principal Investigator
Noah GoodmanNoah GoodmanAuthor
Jamie KynnJamie KynnAuthor

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