January 2020 Updates

In January, Science Voices completed two events. On January 10th, we held a public outreach event at the Ak-Chin Indian Community, focused on the science of greenhouses on Mars. Kids and adults were able to learn about soils and plants, then construct model greenhouses to place on Mars, complete with solar panels that needed to be properly sized and aimed. On January 20th through 22nd, we held a teacher training workshop at Lviv Polytechnic in Ukraine, focusing on active learning and digital technologies. Over the next six months, teachers will develop technologies and pedagogies that are good fits for their classrooms.

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Even though we are well into the 21st century, our digital science education resources resemble 19th century teaching approaches (lectures, quizzes, readings, discussions) deployed with 20th century tools. We can do so much more with modeling, simulators, and virtual field sites. But just because we can, doesn’t mean we should. Without good observations of the teaching environment and curricular design based on these observations, teams can end up designing expensive materials that aren’t useful in many contexts. What we need is smart digital science teaching.

Science Voices works with teams around the world to develop culturally attuned science learning resources using the principles of good storytelling and game design. We want your voice to come through in your science teaching using the best pedagogy and technology available.