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  • Date: 09/01/2017
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    The intent of this five-year project is to design, deliver, and study professional development for Informal Science Learning (ISL) educators in the arena of equity-focused STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) teaching and learning. While the strategy of integrating art and science to promote interest, identity, and other ... »
  • Date: 05/01/2017
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    Purpose: This project team will fully develop and test SuperChemVR, a virtual environment integrated within a Virtual Reality (VR) headset for an immersive exploration of a chemistry lab. While chemistry labs offer the benefits of hands-on experimentation to help students learn abstract concepts, they are costly to maintain, supervise, and pose ... »
  • Date: 12/16/2016
    Resource Category: Evaluation Reports
    Summary brief describing summative evaluation associated with the MarcellusByDesign component of Marcellus Matters: EASE. Marcellus Matters: Engaging Adults in Science and Energy (EASE) was a program of Penn State University’s Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research (MCOR), in collaboration with other experts across the university. The first ... »
  • Date: 05/04/2016
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    The aim of the study was to analyse learning using Augmented Reality (AR) technology and the motivational and cognitive aspects related to it in an informal learning context. The 146 participants were 11- to 13-year-old Finnish pupils visiting a science centre exhibition. The data, which consisted of both cognitive tasks and self-report ... »
  • Date: 05/01/2016
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    This project team will develop and test a prototype of SuperChem VR, a game to support high school students' basic chemistry learning. The prototype will include a set of web-based laboratory modules which will be integrated within a virtual reality headset to allow for a 360-degree visual exploration of the environment. The prototype will also ... »
  • Date: 04/06/2016
    Resource Category: Edited Chapter
    In this chapter we present the ways in which institutional cultural differences impact the development and implementation of learning activities in informal settings. Five university-based centers for the study of chemistry worked with informal learning professionals to re-envision educational and public outreach activities about science. The ... »
  • Date: 03/11/2016
    Resource Category: Report
    Chemistry plays a critical role in daily life, impacting areas such as medicine and health, consumer products, energy production, the ecosystem, and many other areas. Communicating about chemistry in informal environments has the potential to raise public interest and understanding of chemistry around the world. However, the chemistry community ... »
  • Date: 06/01/2015
    Resource Category: Research Products
    The Royal Society of Chemistry commissioned TNS BMRB to conduct this research to provide well-grounded, robust data on the public’s relationship with chemistry in the UK. This programme of research aimed to understand where people are now, explore what drives people's views, identify windows of opportunity, and use evidence to produce guidance on ... »
  • Date: 05/07/2015
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    Purpose: This project will develop and test Happy Atoms, a physical modeling set and an interactive iPad app for use in high school chemistry classrooms. Happy Atoms is designed to facilitate student learning of atomic modeling, a difficult topic for chemistry high school students to master. Standard instructional practice in this area typically ... »
  • Date: 08/22/2014
    Resource Category: Conference Proceedings
    Research chemists from the Center for Enabling New Technologies Through Catalysis (CENTC) worked collaboratively with the Liberty Science Center (LSC) to develop a hands-on activity to educate visitors about how small molecules derived from petroleum feedstocks are used to make larger molecules that are then utilized in the production of everyday ... »

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