Tinkerzeum Planning Grant

September 10th, 2004 - February 28th, 2006 | PROJECT

The Scientific Reasoning Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst will conduct a feasibility study for engaging museum visitors in data analysis through this planning grant. Intellectual Merit: This project builds on the extensive prior work of the PI in developing Tinkerplots software for middle school students. At the same time, it potentially takes advantage of the many museum exhibitions that include various kinds of data but provide no mechanisms for visitors to analyze the data and draw conclusions. This project makes the connection by seeking to demonstrate the proof of concept for the transfer of this data analysis program from the formal to the informal setting. Broader Impact: This project will purposefully test three very different settings -- Museum of Science, Boston, MA; Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield, MA; and Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO -- to explore the advantages and limitations of this approach in those learning environments. If successful, the software could have very wide application.

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Team Members

Clifford Konold, Principal Investigator, University of Massachusetts Amherst


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 0437307
Funding Amount: 49995


Audience: Evaluators | General Public | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Education and learning science | Mathematics | Nature of science
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Exhibitions | Games | Simulations | Interactives | Media and Technology | Museum and Science Center Exhibits | Parks | Outdoor | Garden Exhibits