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  • Date: 06/08/2022
    Resource Category: Conference Proceedings
    Children’s and parents’ spatial language use (e.g., talk about shapes, sizes and locations) supports children’s spatial skill development. Families use spatial language during playful construction activities. Spatial language use varies with construction activity design characteristics, such as the activity’s play goals. What is the connection ... »
  • Date: 05/17/2022
    Resource Category: Conference Proceedings
    Informal educational activities, such as tinkering, can be beneficial for children’s engineering learning (Bevan, 2017; Sobel & Jipson, 2016). Storytelling can help children organize and make meaning of their experiences (Brown et al., 2014; Bruner, 1996), thereby supporting learning. We examine whether digital storytelling activities during ... »
  • Date: 05/17/2022
    Resource Category: Conference Proceedings
    Informal educational activities, such as tinkering, can be beneficial for children’s engineering learning (Bevan, 2017; Sobel & Jipson, 2016). Storytelling can help children organize and make meaning of their experiences (Brown et al., 2014; Bruner, 1996), thereby supporting learning. Digital storytelling, in which narratives and reflections ... »
  • Date: 05/17/2022
    Resource Category: Conference Proceedings
    Hands-on tinkering experiences can help promote more equitable STEM learning opportunities for children from diverse backgrounds (Bevan, 2017; Vossoughi & Bevan, 2014). Latine heritage families naturally engage in and talk about engineering practices during and after tinkering in a children’s museum (Acosta & Haden, in press). We asked how ... »
  • Date: 05/10/2022
    Resource Category: Research and Evaluation Instruments
    How to determine a sample size for studying your informal learning program What’s important to consider when selecting a sample size, or participant group size, for studying your informal (science) education program? What value does a small sample size have? If program managers have ample resources for collecting a lot of data, what factors are ... »
  • Date: 05/09/2022
    Resource Category: Formative
    The Museum of Science in Boston, Massachusetts is one of the world’s largest science centers and the most visited cultural institution in New England. Located in Science Park, a piece of land that spans the Charles River, the museum is conveniently situated close to Boston and Cambridge. The museum has more than 700 interactive exhibits and a ... »
  • Date: 04/28/2022
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    Environmental educators have used guided-inquiry in natural and supportive learning environments for decades, but comparatively little programming and research has focused on experiences in urban environments, including in constructed ecosystems like green roofs, or impacts on older youth and adults. To address this gap, we designed a tiered, near ... »
  • Date: 04/25/2022
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    Many youth programs seek to understand their influence over time on participant outcomes. This paper offers a methodology for measuring a participant’s perception of a program’s contribution amid their perception of other youth influences such as those from family, school, peer groups, hobbies, and other organized activities. The instrument built ... »
  • Date: 04/01/2022
    Resource Category: Report
    In collaboration with the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC), Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) and Immersive Learning Research Network (iLRN), and with support from the National Science Foundation, the Institute for Learning Innovation will virtually bring together 4-5 dozen diverse (expertise and role, background, ... »
  • Date: 03/28/2022
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    In this paper, we report ethnicity trends in student participation and experience in high school science and engineering fair (SEFs). SEF participation showed significant ethnic diversity. For survey students, the approximate distribution was Asian-32%; Black-11%; Hispanic-20%; White-33%; Other-3%. Comparing the SEF level at which students ... »

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