June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
K-12 & Pre-College Engineering
23.629.1 - 23.629.5
FUTURE WORLDS: Development of Assessment Methods for an Interactive Cyberlearning Platform for Informal Explorations in Sustainability for Students Ages 9 – 12 (Research to Practice)FUTURE WORLDS is an interactive, museum based cyberlearning system which aims to exposestudents from grades K – 12, specifically targeting students ages 9 – 12, to the concept ofsustainability in an informal setting. Through the FUTURE WORLDS interface, which is currentlyunder development, students will have the opportunity to explore various sustainability conceptsand environmental engineering practices, which can both help improve present day society aswell as provide practical solutions for our future. Students will investigate concepts related toenergy, food and water, and will examine how these ideas can be engineered to help improve thehealth of our planet. Using an interactive tabletop, students will work collaboratively in amuseum based setting to solve sustainability puzzles of varying difficulty with the goal ofgenerating a cleaner, greener planet.In order to develop the most effective and efficient game, several assessment methods are beingemployed to ensure students attain optimal learning outcomes from FUTURE WORLDS. Variousfocus groups have been conducted, where students’ knowledge was assessed both before andafter interactions with a paper prototype model. The data collected from these interactions isundergoing analysis to examine student learning and engagement with the FUTURE WORLDSframework. Video and audio recordings were collected at the focus groups as well to evaluatethe effectiveness of collaborative learning among the student participants. Ongoinginvestigations will take place throughout the development of the FUTURE WORLDS cyberlearningsystem to iteratively assess its effectiveness in translating sustainability and environmentalengineering concepts to K – 12 students in a museum setting. Assessment methods developed toevaluate the effectiveness of FUTURE WORLDS will be broadened in order to establish a standardfor assessing informal engineering education practices for K – 12 students. The results areexpected to motivate a rise in informal engineering education practices for K – 12 students bydemonstrating the importance of early exposure to these disciplines.
Citrin, R. A., & Kney, A. D. (2013, June), FUTURE WORLDS: Development of Assessment Methods for an Interactive Cyberlearning Platform for Informal Explorations in Sustainability for Students Ages 9 – 12 (Research to Practice) Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/19643
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