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  • Date: 12/01/2014
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    Based on the number of visitors annually, zoos and aquariums are among the most popular venues for informal STEM learning in the United States and the United Kingdom. Most research into the impacts of informal STEM learning experiences at zoos and aquariums has focused on short-term changes in knowledge, attitudes and behaviors. This Science ... »
  • Date: 12/01/2014
    Resource Category: Evaluation Reports
    Zoo and Aquarium Research Collaborative (ZAARC) is a NSF-funded research project by TERC and Oregon State University (co-PI’s Andee Rubin and John Falk) that is exploring a collaborative model for action research as a form of professional development for zoo and aquarium educators. Over the past three years, ZAARC has engaged education staff from ... »
  • Date: 11/19/2014
    Resource Category: Summative
    "In the past several years, New England Aquarium (NEAq) renewed all exhibits, built new additions, and made substantive efforts to restructure its interpretation strategies to transform the visitor experience. With support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant #MA-06-12-0143-12, the Aquarium embarked on A New Strategy for ... »
  • Date: 10/06/2014
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to examine the importance of science field trips as educational tools to connect students to classroom concepts. Experiential learning at formal and informal field trip venues increases student interest, knowledge, and motivation. The teacher's role in preplanning, implementation, and reflection often ... »
  • Date: 10/01/2014
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    Monterey Bay Aquarium will provide to 130 middle school teachers its yearlong Project-Based Science Institute professional development program covering strategies for implementing ocean science and conservation project-based science in the classroom. The program includes two levels: Level I Institute will introduce teachers to the concepts, ... »
  • Date: 10/01/2014
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    Brookfield Zoo will develop a model for formal and informal early childhood educators in the Chicago metropolitan area to promote children and family learning (nature play, exploration, and scientific inquiry) within urban environments. In collaboration with the Forest Preserve District of Cook County and the Mary Crane and El Valor Head Start ... »
  • Date: 10/01/2014
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    Brookfield Zoo will expand its "Zoo Adventure Passport" (ZAP!) program for urban families with children ages 3-12 to serve additional families and increase informal science learning opportunities in the two Chicago suburbs of Cicero/Berwyn and Melrose Park. The program will serve as a gateway to new family experiences, teaching families and ... »
  • Date: 10/01/2014
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    The Florida Aquarium will create a Gulf-focused seafood education program that will deliver current information on seafood choices that help ensure abundant future populations of fish. The aquarium will form an advisory council to provide ongoing Gulf seafood recommendations, produce a pocket-sized "Gulf Seafood Guide," refine and expand its ... »
  • Date: 10/01/2014
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    Lincoln Park Zoo will upgrade and make freely available ZooMonitor, a scientific data collection tool, which currently exists in a pilot version, for monitoring the behavior of animals in zoos and aquariums, . ZooMonitor will contain modules for tracking animal behavior and body condition and for conducting data analysis. The zoo will also ... »
  • Date: 09/20/2014
    Resource Category: Formative
    Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo (WPZ) has more than 700 active adult and teen volunteers, the majority of whom spend much of their time speaking with guests out on grounds. Despite the thousands of contacts volunteers have with guests every year information about these interactions has so far been limited to measuring the frequency of these ... »

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