Project Overview

Virtual Galapagos: Design and Development of an Interactive Online Educational Resource for Children to Learn Science

Faculty Sponsor

Karen Harpp (kharpp@colgate.edu)

Department(s)

Geology

Abstract

We are seeking students who want to help kids learn science in creative, interactive ways! The primary goal of this project is to design a way for children around the world to learn science by visiting the Galapagos Islands, virtually. We are designing modules that allow middle school children to engage in online exploration and interactive activities about the Galapagos Islands. We create videos, activities, and animations that explain the scientific work in accessible language, ultimately leading the students to learn fundamental concepts about how science works. Ultimately, our goal is to convey fundamental concepts about geology, volcanology, conservation ecology, and evolutionary biology to children as a kind of “make your own adventure”. We will also be working with colleagues in the Galapagos to integrate naturalist guide content into the outreach project.
 
The students participating in this project will be working with Karen Harpp (in Geology) and Joe Eakin (from the Viz Lab) as members of our creative team. We seek students who are (or want to be!) boldly creative, open to experimentation, willing to learn and use a variety of different technologies (video editing, app programming, animation design), carry out research in a range of scientific fields from geology to biology, have a profound interest in education and science outreach, interface professionally with scientists doing research in the Galapagos, think innovatively about using educational technology, and are able to think like a kid most of the time.
 

Student Qualifications

Students need to have a strong interest in bringing science to children in innovative ways. Preferably, students will have a background in either geology, biology, or educational studies. Individuals with video editing, photographic, basic programming for the web, and/or artistic inclinations are particularly encouraged to apply, as are students with previous experience working with children in educational/outreach settings. Students need to be bold, innovative, intellectually playful, and open to experimentation.
 

Number of Student Researchers

3 students

Project Length

10 weeks


Applications open on 01/03/2021 and close on 03/22/2021


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If you have questions, please contact Karyn Belanger (kgbelanger@colgate.edu).