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  • Date: 12/01/2001
    Resource Category: Summative
    A pilot study of five episodes in the Cyberchase series was conducted in late Fall 2001. The study was designed to assess the broad educational value, impact and appeal of the series, and to pilot the approach and instrumentation for a more extensive study in the spring of 2002. The study included more than 450 children and 20 teachers. Cyberchase ... »
  • Date: 09/15/2001
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    Kinetic City After School is a two-year project that will produce a web-based after-school program for children ages 9-11. The on-line adventure will enable users to enter a virtual universe where a computer virus (Deep Delete) systematically attacks a new area of science each month (analogous to one of the 12 Project 2061 Benchmarks for Science ... »
  • Date: 09/01/2001
    Resource Category: Formative
    During the scripting phase of production, Cyberchase producers obtained peer reviews of draft scripts from mathematics educators and teachers. This report is a responsive evaluation of the common themes that emerged from 55 reviews of 26 scripts by 25 experts, focusing on script appeal, content presentation and informal learning approach. ... »
  • Date: 07/10/2001
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    WTTW, the public television station in Chicago, is developing a science education project targeted at children aged 6 to 10. The major components of the project will be a 13-part animated television series, an interactive webpage and multiple outreach components for individuals and families. The television series features a pair of animal ... »
  • Date: 06/05/2001
    Resource Category: Formative
    This formative evaluation gathered feedback from third graders in response to a Leica reel, which is a filmed storyboard with dialogue. The 22 minute video focused on using surveys to gather, organize and analyze data. The research goals were to assess viewers' comprehension of the survey process as presented in the video; their understanding of ... »
  • Date: 05/24/2001
    Resource Category: Reference Materials
    Science beyond the schoolhouse is the subject of this close-up look at informal science--education in non-traditional settings, including Boys and Girls Clubs, 4-H, zoos, aquariums, and public television. More than a dozen writers draw on personal experiences to tell why they became informal science educators and how they use the history and ... »
  • Date: 04/12/2001
    Resource Category: Reference Materials
    This volume explores the integration of recent research on everyday, classroom, and professional scientific thinking. It brings together an international group of researchers to present core findings from each context; discuss connections between contexts, and explore structures; technologies, and environments to facilitate the development and ... »
  • Date: 04/01/2001
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    WGBH is producing twenty, new, half-hour programs for the fourth season of "ZOOM." Uniquely for, by and about kids, "ZOOM" gives its viewers a chance to explore, experiment and share their creativity with the world. Targeted at children 8-11 years-old, "ZOOM" features a diverse cast of seven children who build bridges, solve puzzles, play games, ... »
  • Date: 01/01/2001
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    In this article, Christine L. Brandenburg, of Rice University's Center for Technology in Teaching and Learning, discusses her research of the use of computer technology in children's museums. Bradenburg focuses on the research methods used to address how and why visitors use computer technology in children's museums. The first section of the ... »
  • Date: 01/01/2001
    Resource Category: Mass Media Article
    In this article, Walter Witschey, director of the Science Museum of Virginia (SMV) and a vice president of ASTC, sheds light on the many ways science centers impact their communities. As examples, Witschey lists the functions performed by his institution, SMV, and are divided into four areas: informal education, formal education, community service ... »