Faculty Mentor(s)

Gina Childers, Donna Governor, and Lesley Simanton-Coogan

Campus

Dahlonega

Proposal Type

Oral Presentation

Subject Area

Education

Location

Conference Room

Start Date

22-3-2019 10:00 AM

End Date

22-3-2019 11:00 AM

Description/Abstract

Science festivals are informal learning experiences intended to bridge the gap between science professionals and the general public via talks, discussion panels, and hands-on activities. Science festivals allow visitors to participate in events that are impactful to them for a variety of reasons such as having a personal interest in science and engineering. The majority of science festival attendees (53%) indicated that personal factors, such as prior experience and interest, were the primary motivational factors when deciding to attend events at the science festival. Attendees also indicated that space and astronomy-related events (whose activities aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards) were the most frequently attended (42%). The data suggest science festivals have the potential to impact the local community and increase scientific literacy as attendees cited environmental concerns and being more informed as a citizen about science were important. This research will inform how K-12 teachers and other educators can use science festivals to connect students to a more informal, enjoyable method of collaborative learning.

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Mar 22nd, 10:00 AM Mar 22nd, 11:00 AM

Science Festivals and Fun: Promoting Science and Community Partnerships

Conference Room

Science festivals are informal learning experiences intended to bridge the gap between science professionals and the general public via talks, discussion panels, and hands-on activities. Science festivals allow visitors to participate in events that are impactful to them for a variety of reasons such as having a personal interest in science and engineering. The majority of science festival attendees (53%) indicated that personal factors, such as prior experience and interest, were the primary motivational factors when deciding to attend events at the science festival. Attendees also indicated that space and astronomy-related events (whose activities aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards) were the most frequently attended (42%). The data suggest science festivals have the potential to impact the local community and increase scientific literacy as attendees cited environmental concerns and being more informed as a citizen about science were important. This research will inform how K-12 teachers and other educators can use science festivals to connect students to a more informal, enjoyable method of collaborative learning.

 

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