EAGER: An Indoor Positioning System for Informal Learning Experiences

September 15th, 2013 - August 31st, 2016 | PROJECT

The Exploratorium, in partnership with Qualcomm, proposes to develop and test a highly accurate indoor positioning system (IPS) at full museum scale. Such a system would increase the feasibility and power of whole-visit research studies and open up opportunities for using IPS to support new and innovative informal STEM learning experiences. Within 3-5 years, museums will likely possess infrastructures capable of easily and effectively integrating IPS. The Exploratorium's project will generate early knowledge about using this technology for developing innovative programmatic strategies and for improving research and evaluation of STEM learning in museums. Program activities include developing processes for creating and updating indoor maps; testing IPS as a tool for program development and delivery; prototyping a research data management system; and the dissemination project findings.

Project Website(s)

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Project Products

Poster - EAGER: An Indoor Positioning System (IPS) for Informal Learning Experiences
Indoor Positioning System EAGER Project Public Outcomes Report
Open Conversation - An IPS-Roundware Application
Indoor Positioning System Project - Final Expert Evaluation Consultant Review
IPS_Trackr: Example R Scripts and Functions to Facilitate the Validation and Analysis of Timing and Tracking data
IPS_TrackJS: A visualization tool to view, explore and analyze geospatial timing and tracking data

Team Members

Joyce Ma, Principal Investigator, Exploratorium
Josh Gutwill, Co-Principal Investigator, Exploratorium
William Meyer, Co-Principal Investigator
Claire Pillsbury, Contributor, Exploratorium
Douglas Thistlewolf, Contributor


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 1346664
Funding Amount: 296772


Audience: Evaluators | Families | General Public | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Education and learning science | General STEM | Technology
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Exhibitions | Media and Technology | Museum and Science Center Exhibits | Professional Development | Conferences | Networks | Professional Development and Workshops | Websites | Mobile Apps | Online Media