Share Paper: Outcomes from Technology Enhanced Informal Learning Activities: Total Solar Eclipse

  1. Rhonda Christensen, University of North Texas, United States
  2. Gerald Knezek, University of North Texas, United States
  3. Doug Darby, University of North Texas, United States
  4. Samson Den Lepcha, University of North Texas, United States
  5. Bihan Jiang, University of North Texas, United States
  6. Anna Kuo, University of North Texas, United States
  7. Andrew Wu, University of North Texas, United States
Friday, June 23 10:45 AM-11:15 AM Whitney

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.