STEM project ideas from exhibits

While listening to Katie and Lyn describe the Academy’s “citizenship science” (crowd-sourced contributions to scientific data collection) as a way of engaging children in real-world problem-solving, I started thinking about other ways that museums and exhibits could work as STEM “rich project” idea springboards. Perhaps challenging students to design and build (engineer) functional models to explain science concepts? Or create animations to describe processes? Or code a program to do it? Maybe some investigations into different ways interactive displays are actually made interactive? What math, scientific, digital or social engagement and learning principals need to be considered? What about a survey on which kinds of interactive exhibits people like best to collect some data – then “visualise”it? I reckon a visit to SciTech, viewing the exhibits through a design task lens, might be a great start!

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