ScienceKit for Science Everywhere - A Seamless Scientizing Ecosystem for Raising Scientifically-Minded Children

ScienceKit for Science Everywhere - A Seamless Scientizing Ecosystem for Raising Scientifically-Minded Children

Children in the United States, especially those in lower socioeconomic status neighborhoods, face systematic challenges in connecting science learning across school, home, and informal experiences. This disconnect has detrimental consequences in promoting science literacy and science-based careers paths. In this project, we design and implement ubiquitous technology tools that include mobile social media and tangible, community displays (collectively called ScienceKit) that are deeply embedded into two urban neighborhoods. We demonstrate how such ubiquitous technologies and related cyberlearning strategies are vital to improve information flow and coordination across a neighborhood ecosystem, in order to create environments where children can connect their science learning across contexts and time (e.g. scientizing). We will iteratively design a ScienceKit mobile app, which guides children to consider their everyday life through a lens of scientific inquiry and helps facilitate scientizing dispositions for these youth. In addition, ScienceKit interactive community displays and streaming devices will be designed to support learners’ connected science experiences in joint media engagement with family members and the broader community. We will integrate ScienceKit into a learning ecology - Science Everywhere - comprised of partnerships between tightly connected neighborhood organizations with mentors, teachers, parents, and researchers. Local stakeholders will help learners connect and extend upon their science learning experiences across the contexts of their lives. These connected learning practices will facilitate joint learning activities that will spur the children forward as they develop their scientizing skills and identities toward science.

Duration: 
October 2014 - September 2018
Funder: 
National Science Foundation
Total Award Amount: 
$1,474,391

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