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ThanksGiving Back 2013-2014 - Making science fun: trivial amusement or effective STEM pedagogy?

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Making science fun: Trivial amusement or Effective STEM pedagogy?
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Bay Area, CA
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The United States has been slipping behind other developed nations in educating young people in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. Change is slow in public education, which makes alternative learning centers (from museums, parks, and zoos, to school yards, farms, and summer camps) important bridges to improving STEM education. Informal science programs encourage lifelong learning for people of all ages by establishing emotional connections between people and places through hands-on experiences. In addition, these programs open people’s eyes to the fact that science is everywhere, they help them develop an appreciation for science and an understanding of what science entails, and quite frankly, they teach everyone that science can be fun! "Making science fun: educational programs in the Bay Area" aims to explore, examine, and assess a variety of informal science programs in the Bay Area. Students in the group meet some of the leaders in the field, observe fun science in action, and get involved in teaching.

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