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EAGER: MAKER: THE ORIGINS OF MAKING: A DATA SCIENCE APPROACH TO INVESTIGATING COGNITIVE AND AFFECTIVE BASIS OF LEARNING THROUGH CONSTRUCTING

Agency:
NSF

National Science Foundation

Project Number:
1623486
Contact PI / Project Leader:
BONAWITZ, ELIZABETH
Awardee Organization:
RUTGERS THE STATE UNIV OF NJ NEWARK

Description

Abstract Text:
The proposed work assesses the efficacy of making among young children to determine the efficacy of Making: does it elicit enjoyment? Is that enjoyment related to meaningful learning? Teachers and developmental psychologists have advocated the importance of children's play in learning, but only relatively recently have scientists pointed to ways in which the active exploration of very young children supports learning. Like causal interventions informal science, in the course of play children spontaneously de-confound variables, explore unexpected outcomes, and take actions that reflect hypothesis testing. The work leverages the core assumptions of Making -- children's play -- through the development of a "Mobile Maker Center" (MMC) that can be brought to local science museums, parks, zoos, or libraries to study children's interactions with STEM related toys. The work uses a novel approach to data gathering in the maker space, Databrary, to capture student engagement. MMC's are designed to facilitate developmentally appropriate themes for exploration, such as toys with levers and buttons (which teaches children about causality and hypothesis testing), a gear toy with removable parts (which teaches children about motor design and engineering explanations), and balance blocks (which teach children about the role of mass and length in scales and prediction).
Project Terms:
Advocate; Affective; base; Child; Child Support; Cognitive; Confounding Factors (Epidemiology); Data; Data Science; design; Development; Educational process of instructing; engineering design; Equilibrium; Etiology; Intervention; Learning; Length; Libraries; Motor; novel strategies; Outcome; Play; Psychologist; Role; Science; science museum; Scientist; student participation; teacher; Testing; Toy; Work

Details

Contact PI / Project Leader Information:
Name:  BONAWITZ, ELIZABETH
Other PI Information:
SHAFTO, PATRICK; LOBUE, VANESSA
Awardee Organization:
Name:  RUTGERS THE STATE UNIV OF NJ NEWARK
City:  NEWARK    
Country:  UNITED STATES
Congressional District:
State Code:  NJ
District:  10
Other Information:
Fiscal Year: 2016
Award Notice Date: 14-Jun-2016
DUNS Number: 130029205
Project Start Date: 15-Jun-2016
Budget Start Date:
CFDA Code: 47.070
Project End Date: 31-May-2018
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FY Total Cost
2016 NSF

National Science Foundation

$297,772

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