Hero Elementary: Harnessing the Power of Science, Literacy, and Media

Thursday, October 1, 2015 to Thursday, September 30, 2021
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Project Descriptions
Environment Type: 
Media and Technology, Websites, Mobile Apps, and Online Media, Games, Simulations, and Interactives, Public Programs, Afterschool Programs
Elementary School Children (6-10) | Educators/Teachers | Museum/ISE Professionals | Learning Researchers
Education and learning science | General STEM
Access and Inclusion: 
Hispanic/Latinx Communities
People with Disabilities
English Language Learners
Low Socioeconomic Status
Twin Cities Public Television

Hero Elementary is a transmedia educational initiative aimed at improving the school readiness and academic achievement in science and literacy of children grades K-2. With an emphasis on Latinx communities, English Language Learners, youth with disabilities, and children from low-income households, Hero Elementary celebrates kids and encourages them to make a difference in their own backyards and beyond by actively doing science and using their Superpowers of Science. The project embeds the expectations of K–2nd NGSS and CCSS-ELA standards into a series of activities, including interactive games, educational apps, non-fiction e-books, hands-on activities, and a digital science notebook. The activities are organized into playlists for educators and students to use in afterschool programs. Each playlist centers on a meaningful conceptual theme in K-2 science learning.

Funding Program: 
Ready to Learn
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Team Members

Joan FreeseJoan FreesePrincipal Investigator
Momoko HayakawaMomoko HayakawaProject Staff
Bryce BeckerBryce BeckerContact

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