1. Beth McGinnis-Cavanaugh
  2. http://teamthroughmywindow.org/about-our-project/who-are-we
  3. Professor, Principal Investigator
  5. Springfield Technical Community College
  1. Sonia Ellis
  2. Instructional Designer
  4. Springfield Technical Community College
  1. Crystal Ford
  2. Digital Designer
  4. Smith College, Springfield Technical Community College

Collaborative Research: Design and Development of Transmedia Narrative-Based ...

NSF Awards: 1813572, 1814033

2019 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades 6-8

Engineering is an important component of NGSS. However, resources for supporting teachers in implementing these standards are scarce. This project addresses the need for resources by applying an innovative pedagogy called Imaginative Education (IE) to create middle school engineering curricula that is integrated with existing science curricula. In IE, developmentally appropriate narratives are used to design learning environments that help learners engage with content and organize their knowledge productively. To fully exploit the potential of this pedagogy, this project will combine IE with transmedia storytelling. In transmedia storytelling, different elements of a narrative are spread across a variety of formats (books, websites, new articles, videos, and other media) in a way that creates a coordinated experience for the user.

The project will result in the development of a transmedia learning environment that includes two NGSS-aligned, interdisciplinary engineering units and seven lessons that integrate science and engineering. The curricula will be implemented in classrooms to research its impact on (1) increasing learners' capacities to engage in both innovative and direct application of engineering concepts, and (2) improving learners' science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) identity. 

This research will be led by Smith College and Springfield Technical Community College in collaboration with Springfield (MA) Public Schools (SPS). 


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