Informal Education

Transforming Preschoolers’ Spatial Orientation: Leveraging New Technologies for Learning in Early Childhood Classrooms and at Home

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Researchers and producers will develop and research a spatially focused mathematics curriculum that will engage 39 teachers, 50 families, and approximately 585-780 preschool children (Massachusetts, New York, DC).
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Career Exploration Lab: 3D Printing and STEM Engagement for High School Students with Visual Impairments and their Educators

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300 high school students with Visual Impairments and 270 sighted students located in 13 states, along with their STEM educators and teachers of the visually impaired, use astronomy and 3D printing to bolster interests in and knowledge of STEM.
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Fostering Joint Parent/Child Engagement in Preschool Computational Thinking by Leveraging Digital Media, Mobile Technology, and Library Settings in Urban and Rural Communities

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125 parents and preschool children in rural Mississippi and Kentucky use mobile, computational thinking apps at-home, supported by a virtual engagement model that helps librarians connect with parents and use digital media to bridge learning environments.
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An Embodied, Augmented Reality Coding Platform for Pair Programming

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A novel platform for creative coding in Augmented Reality will be developed, and its impact on computational concept learning and attitudes toward computer sciene will be tested in diverse high school students in National City, California.
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Empowering Informal Educators to Prepare Future Generations in Wireless Radio Communications with Mobile Resources

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Making Waves will design and test kits, mobile apps, and educator materials to support public understanding of radio frequency communications reaching multiple museums, 190 informal educators, 290 youth, 420 public visitors, and 20,000 online visitors.
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Advancing Refugee Youth's STEM and Social Capital Through Family-Focused Learning

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This project focuses on promoting STEM aspirations among youth and parents of refugee backgrounds through multiple strategies including participating in a college-knowledge program, field trips to campuses, and e-mentoring with STEM professionals.
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STEM Career Connections: A Model for Preparing Economically-Disadvantaged Rural Youth for the Future Workforce

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Students Build Augmented and Virtual Reality Plant Models to Understand the Role of Design in STEM

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Our project will examine if the inclusion of art and design in STEAM projects does in fact improve under-served urban and rural Missouri students’ attitudes towards STEAM subjects and interests in STEM careers.
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Virtual Access to STEM Careers (VASC)

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Engineering Academy: Educating Engineers of the Future

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This project will advance efforts to understand and promote practices that increase students' motivations and capacities to pursue careers in STEM by preparing students in high need middle schools for science and math courses, and engineering careers.
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