Outcomes from Technology Enhanced Informal Learning Activities: Total Solar Eclipse

ID: 51202 Type: Full Paper: Conceptual & Empirical Study
  1. Rhonda Christensen, Gerald Knezek, Doug Darby, Samson Den Lepcha, Bihan Jiang, Anna Kuo, and Andrew Wu, University of North Texas, United States

Friday, June 23 10:45 AM-11:15 AM Location: Whitney View on map

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Abstract: Sixth grade students participating in a four-hour hands-on technology enriched space science camp showed significant gains in their understanding of topics related to heliophysics and the solar eclipse. The average number of items correct increased from 3.80 on the pretest to 5.40 on the post test, after each student completed three activities in a round-robin manner: 1) developing a string model of part of the solar systems, 2) completing 2D and 3D printing, and 3) viewing virtual reality video segments. Differences by gender showed that girls’ pre-post gains were significant.


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