AHA! Island Media and Hands-On Activity Sets: A Formative Research Report

March 12th, 2019 | EVALUATION

AHA! Island is a new project that uses animation, live-action videos, and hands-on activities to support joint engagement of children and caregivers around computational thinking concepts and practices. This research is intended to examine the extent to which the prototyped media and activity sets support the project’s learning goals. Education Development Center (EDC), WGBH’s research partner for the project, conducted a small formative study with 16 English-speaking families (children and their caregivers) to test out these media and activity set prototypes. During the in-person video viewing session, researchers showed children one of four possible media sets, each related to a CT concept, and engaged in an interview protocol immediately following viewing. During the hands-on activity session, caregivers reviewed a hands-on activity prototype, conducted the activity with their child, and participated in an interview upon completion. Following the activity session, caregivers were given a tablet with additional media and hands-on activities related to the same CT topic, and were asked to use these materials at home with their children over a one-week period. At the end of the week, a researcher conducted a phone interview to gather caregiver reflections on the at-home experience.



Team Members

Marisa Wolsky, Principal Investigator, WGBH
Heather Lavigne, Co-Principal Investigator, EDC
Jessica Andrews, Project Manager, WGBH
Leslie Cuellar, Author


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: AISL
Award Number: 1612642
Funding Amount: $3,000,000.00

Related URLs

Digital Media and Parent/Child Engagement Resources to Increase Preschool Computational Thinking


Access and Inclusion: Black | African American Communities | Ethnic | Racial | Hispanic | Latinx Communities | Low Socioeconomic Status
Audience: Families | Museum | ISE Professionals | Parents | Caregivers | Pre-K Children (0-5)
Discipline: Computing and information science | Education and learning science | Mathematics | Technology
Resource Type: Evaluation Reports | Formative
Environment Type: Broadcast Media | Media and Technology | Websites | Mobile Apps | Online Media