Quarked! Adventures in the Subatomic Universe

April 1st, 2003 - September 30th, 2006 | PROJECT

Quarked!™ is a collaborative physics education project at the University of Kansas that provides engaging and educational science experiences for youth ages 7 and up, educators and the general public. This multimedia project material focuses on concepts of scale and matter, and presents subatomic particles as relatable characters in both human and quark or electron form that explore science through story-driven adventures. It includes a comprehensive website with a range of materials including animated videos, games, apps, FAQs and lesson plans, as well as hands-on education programs at the University of Kansas Natural History Museum. Initially, funded through an NSF EPSCoR grant (Grant No. EPS-0236913 and matching support from the State of Kansas through the Kansas Technology Enterprise Corporation and EPP-0354836), this projects continued to grow and new resources have been added through funding from the Kauffman Foundation, Google grants and other NSF awards. Quarked.org attracts more than 75,000 unique visitors annually, local PBS television stations in Kansas and Missouri broadcast the 3D animated videos, and the museum programs have reached more than than 5,000 school participants and continue to be offered.

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Team Members

Kristin Bowman-James, Principal Investigator, University of Kansas
Teresa MacDonald, Former Co-Principal Investigator, University of Kansas Natural History Museum


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: RII C2
Award Number: 0236913
Funding Amount: 9000000


Audience: Educators | Teachers | General Public | Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum | ISE Professionals | Youth | Teen (up to 17)
Discipline: Physics
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Games | Simulations | Interactives | Media and Technology | Museum and Science Center Programs | Public Programs | Websites | Mobile Apps | Online Media