Light It Up: Engaging Young People in Digital Making Activities

Date: 
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 to Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Resource Type:
Project Descriptions
Environment Type: 
Public Programs, Making and Tinkering Programs, Museum and Science Center Programs, Professional Development, Conferences, and Networks, Professional Development and Workshops
Audience: 
Middle School Children (11-13) | Youth/Teen (up to 17) | Museum/ISE Professionals
Discipline: 
Computing and information science | Technology
Organization:
Museum of Science, Boston
Description: 

The Clubhouse Network: A Global Community for Creativity and Achievement, a program of Boston's Museum of Science, will develop, pilot, and evaluate Light it Up! Engaging Young People in Digital Making Activities. Digital making activities combine design, computational thinking, and engineering practices that are all fundamental learning skills for the 21st century. Over the course of six months, the project team will develop a one-day, hands-on workshop that will give museum educators strategies to inspire a more diverse population of middle and high school-aged youth to consider educational and career pathways in STEM fields through engagement with local science centers. The workshop will be implemented twice with a group of 12 educators from regional museums. The museum will use tested evaluation tools to improve the quality and outcomes of the workshops. A successful prototype and evaluation will result in practices that can be adapted by other museums and cultural institutions to better reach young people with digital making activities.

Funder(s): 
IMLS
Funding Program: 
National Leadership Grants - Museums
Award Number: 
MG-11-17-0016-17
Funding Amount: 
$49,810

Team Members

Gail BreslowGail BreslowPrincipal Investigator

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