1. Katie Stofer
  3. University of Florida
  1. Schuyler Gleaves
  3. University of Florida
  1. Carrie Schuman
  2. https://themeanderingscientist.com
  3. Postdoctoral Researcher
  5. University of Florida
  1. Nikita Soni
  2. PhD Student
  4. University of Florida

Touch Interaction for Data Engagement with Science on Spheres (was Think Glob...

NSF Awards: 1612485

2019 (see original presentation & discussion)

Informal / multi-age

We are researchers from the University of Florida in the Institute of Food and Agricultural Science (IFAS) and the College of Engineering (computer science), and we're studying how to design interactive touchscreen exhibits for public science learning. We combine frameworks of social constructivism and embodied cognition to study how learners engage with visualizations of global ocean satellite data, including monthly sea surface temperature and differences from those baseline temperatures that indicate El Niño conditions. 

Our interdisciplinary design-based research began with development of our interactive prototype allowing exploration of the multiple datasets over time on both a tabletop and a sphere, research on science practices and content using think-aloud processes, and research into novel gestures for interaction on the sphere. 

Our goal is to create experiences that connect audiences to global issues through local data. 


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