2019 AISL PI Meeting Poster: Tinkering Reflection and Engineering Learning

February 11th, 2019 | RESEARCH

This poster was created for the Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program Primary Investigator (PI) meeting. The research presented here is a summary of the various informal STEM learning opportunities offered as part of the collaboration between university researchers and museum practionners. We were interested in how museums can advance parent-child engagment in STEM-rich tinkering and reflection. The participants were able to take part of a few different activities that allowed for informal reflection and tinkering at the Tinkering Lab, a musuem exhibit that invites families to take part of different challenges such as Make it Roll and Woodshop Plus.

Before the tinkering activity started some families took part in a facilited orientaion to introduce important engineering concepts. During the activity, all families were given the opportunity to work together and test their creations. In some cases, the families were able to sit in the Story Hub booth and record their reflections about what they created. In others, the child was able to take part in an interview with a researcher and record a SNAP, or a short narrative about their project. We found that families who received orientations had higher STEM talk than those that didn't.




Team Members

Catherine Haden, Co-Principal Investigator, Loyola University Chicago
Tsivia Cohen, Contributor, Chicago Children's Museum
David Uttal, Contributor, Northwestern University
Perla Gámez, Co-Principal Investigator


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: AISL
Award Number: 1516541
Funding Amount: $739,522

Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: AISL
Award Number: 1515771
Funding Amount: $387,628

Funding Program: AISL
Award Number: 1515788
Funding Amount: $607,195

Related URLs

Collaborative Research: Advancing Early STEM Learning Opportunities Through Tinkering and Reflection


Audience: Elementary School Children (6-10) | Families | Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum | ISE Professionals | Parents | Caregivers | Scientists | Undergraduate | Graduate Students
Discipline: Art | music | theater | Education and learning science | Engineering | Technology
Resource Type: Conference Proceedings | Reference Materials
Environment Type: Making and Tinkering Programs | Museum and Science Center Programs | Public Programs

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This material is supported by National Science Foundation award DRL-2229061, with previous support under DRL-1612739, DRL-1842633, DRL-1212803, and DRL-0638981. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations contained within InformalScience.org are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of NSF.

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