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EDC Examines Effort to Develop Tech Fluency of Underrepresented Youth

Jim Diamond

Jim Diamond (at left) and Francisco Cervantes are conducting a formative and summative evaluation of iDesign, a new collaborative NSF-funded R&D initiative. Over the next three years, iDesign will engage underrepresented youth  in designing interactive, culturally and social relevant computer games to build their technological fluency and increase their interest in STEM-related activities and careers.

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Materials for Afterschool Science

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This post originally appeared on the blog Science Afterschool 365 and has been reprinted with the permission of the author, EDC Research Scientist Charles Hutchison. Charles has over 25 years of experience teaching and developing informal science and engineering curriculum for school-aged children. As the director of the National Science Foundation-funded afterschool science professional development project NPASS2 (Taking the National Partnerships for After-School Science to Scale), he leads an initiative that is creating state-based cadres of Science Trainers who provide long-term training and support that helps afterschool providers engage children in exciting science explorations. In this post, Charles reflects on the important role that simple materials play in rich, meaningful, and challenging afterschool science experiences.

This post originally appeared on the blog Science Afterschool 365 and has been reprinted with the permission of the author, EDC Research Scientist Charles Hutchison. Charles has over 25 years of experience teaching and developing informal science and engineering curriculum for school-aged children.

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Exploring Trees and Ponds Activity Guide: Spring Trees

Thu, 02/20/2014

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Bernie Zubrowski

One of a three-part series, this Guide features engaging activities that bring middle school youth outdoors to explore the natural world using observation, digital photography, drawing, activity challenges, and scientific experiments.

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68 pp.

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Exploring Trees and Ponds Activity Guide: Fall Trees

Thu, 02/20/2014

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Bernie Zubrowski

As youth observe trees and plants, they develop a better understanding of the environmental conditions that affect how trees and plants grow. One of a three-part series, this Guide features engaging activities that bring middle school youth outdoors to explore the natural world using observation, digital photography, drawing, activity challenges, and scientific experiments.

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60 pp.

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Exploring Trees and Ponds Activity Guide: Winter Ponds

Thu, 02/20/2014

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Bernie Zubrowski

One of a three-part series, this Guide features activities that bring middle school youth outdoors to explore the natural world using observation, digital photography, drawing, activity challenges, and scientific experiments. Written by EDC’s Bernie Zubrowski—author of several children’s books and former museum exhibit designer for the Boston Children’s Museum—and funded by the National Science Foundation, the activities are designed to enable youth to carry out scientific inquiry and make discoveries for themselves through short- and long-term observations of their local environment.

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34 pp.

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Goodyear Serves on New National Research Council Committee

Leslie Goodyear has been selected to serve as a member of the new National Research Council Committee on Successful Out-of-School STEM Learning. On behalf of the National Academies of Sciences, the Committee will conduct a public workshop in June (registration is now open) to identify the impacts of informal and afterschool STEM learning experiences and to explore how school and out-of-school environments can build upon and support one another.

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STEM Smart Brief Series

Wed, 01/01/2014

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EDC is the National Science Foundation's partner in disseminating the findings of the National Research Council's Successful K-12 STEM Education and Monitoring Progress Toward Successful K-12 STEM Education reports. Developed by EDC, this set of eight briefs outlines research related to the challenges and recommendations for K–12 STEM education presented in the two reports.

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8 briefs, 5 pp. per brief

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Making Media to Make a Better World

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Tony Streit has more than 20 years of expertise in media education, technology, and informal STEM learning. Through his work in YouthLearn, he helps educators harness 21st-century tools and use project-based learning within and outside the classroom to promote hands-on, student-centered learning that engages, motivates, and inspires youth. For seven years, he has worked closely with the Adobe Foundation to advance the goals of its Adobe Youth Voices global initiative. In this post, originally published on A Platform for Good, he reflects on his work promoting youth media making and offers "tried and true tips to help youth media projects shine."

This post originally appeared on A Platform for Good and has been reprinted with permission by the editor of A Platform for Good and author Tony Streit. Tony has more than 20 years of expertise in media education, technology, and informal STEM learning.

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New Insights into Youth Motivation in STEM Learning

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Sarita Pillai specializes in engaging underrepresented youth in scientific education and future careers by placing them at the center of design and development. In this post, Pillai shares highlights from a session she presented at an International Society for Technology in Education conference on a theoretical research framework for guiding future research on youth motivation in STEM.

Sarita Pillai has extensive expertise in managing national resource centers, providing technical assistance, building and sustaining communities of practice, and developing powerful technology-based resources including SMARTR Virtual Learning Experiences, Girls Communicating Career Connections, and the FunWorks science exploration digital library.

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