Full Scale Development: Global Soundscapes! The Big Data, Big Screens, Open Ears Project

October 1st, 2013 - September 30th, 2017 | PROJECT

The Global Soundscapes! Big Data, Big Screens, Open Ears Project uses the new science of soundscape ecology to design a variety of informal science learning experiences that engage participants through acoustic discovery Soundscape ecology is an interdisciplinary science that studies how humans relate to place through sound and how humans influence the environment through the alteration of natural sound composition. The project includes: (1) an interface to the NSF-funded Global Sustainable Soundscapes Network, which includes 12 universities around the world; (2) sound-based learning experiences targeting middle-school students (grades 5-8), visually impaired and urban students, and the general public; and (3) professional development for informal science educators. Project educational components include: the first interactive, sound-based digital theater experience; hands-on Your Ecosystem Listening Labs (YELLS), a 1-2 day program for school classes and out-of school groups; a soundscape database that will assist researchers in developing a soundscape Big Database; and iListen, a virtual online portal for learning and discovery about soundscape. The project team includes Purdue-based researchers involved in soundscape and other ecological research; Foxfire Interactive, an award-winning educational media company; science museum partners with digital theaters; the National Audubon Society and its national network of field stations; the Perkins School for the Blind; and Multimedia Research (as the external evaluator).

Project Website(s)

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Project Products

Global Soundscapes: Mission to Record the Earth: Summative Evaluation of Interactive Theater Show + YELL Activities
Promoting STEM Interest and Connections to Nature Through a Soundscape Ecology Camp for Students With Visual Impairments
Summative Evaluation of Global Soundscapes: Mission to Record the Earth, adapted for visually impaired students

Team Members

Bryan Pijanowski, Principal Investigator, Purdue University
Daniel Shepardson, Co-Principal Investigator, Purdue University
Barbara Flagg, Evaluator, Purdue University


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 1323615
Funding Amount: 739239


Access and Inclusion: People with Disabilities | Urban
Audience: Educators | Teachers | Elementary School Children (6-10) | Evaluators | General Public | Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Ecology | forestry | agriculture | Education and learning science | Geoscience and geography | Life science | Nature of science | Physics | Technology
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Films and IMAX | Media and Technology | Planetarium and Science on a Sphere | Professional Development | Conferences | Networks | Professional Development and Workshops | Public Programs | Resource Centers and Networks | Theater Programs | Websites | Mobile Apps | Online Media