1. Ji Shen
  2. https://sites.google.com/site/shenresearch/Home
  4. University of Miami
  1. Blaine Smith
  2. Assistant Professor
  4. University of Arizona

Integrating STEM and Digital Literacies with Adolescents

NSF Awards: 1713191

2018 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades K-6, Grades 6-8

The STEM + Digital Literacies (STEM+L) project investigates science fiction as an effective mechanism to attract and immerse adolescents (ages 10-13) from diverse cultural backgrounds in environmental and human health content and socio-scientific issues. Over a twenty-four-week period, students will work collaboratively in groups in-person and online with their peers and field experts to design, develop, and produce STEM content rich, multimedia science fictions. The in-person learning experiences will take place on the University of Miami campus during the summer and academic year. Culminating activities include student presentations online and at a local Science Fiction Festival. The research component will employ an iterative, design-based approach. Four research questions will be explored: (a) How do students learn science concepts and multimodal digital literacies through participating in the STEM+L Academy? (b) How do students change their views in STEM related subject matter and in pursuing STEM related careers? (c) How do students participate in the STEM+L Academy? (d) How do we best support students' participation and learning of STEM+L in face-to-face and online environments? The results of the project could yield important findings regarding the feasibility of this activity as an effective platform for science learning and engagement for younger students.

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