Learning Through Cultural Connections: The Northern Lights

ID: 49720 Type: Products/Services Showcase
  1. Lynda McGilvary, Doreen Hayward, and Lori Schoening, Geophysical Institute Education Outreach Office, University of Alaska Fairbanks, United States

Tuesday, November 15 2:45 PM-3:45 PM Location: Edison Ballroom View on map

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Abstract: Learning through Cultural Connections: The Northern Lights provides culturally relevant, science-based educational resources for Iñupiat residents of northern Alaska. Unique E-Learning and hands-on products integrate Iñupiat culture and language related to the northern lights with physical science. Targeting teachers and students in grades 4-8, as well as museum docents and guests, the resources include online video, animations, Web-based multimedia, digital recordings of stories, songs and dances by Iñupiat Elders, interactive museum exhibits and hands-on classroom activities. The program seeks to improve access to place-based, culturally relevant education and to heighten cultural awareness and understanding of science concepts. Preliminary results indicate the project is meeting these goals.


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