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Thursday, June 12 • 10:30am - 11:30am
Advancing STEM Learning with Games in Civic and Cultural Institutions: A Play, Critique, and Discussion Session

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Advancing STEM Learning with Games in Civic and Cultural Institutions: A Play, Critique, and Discussion Session
Edge Quintanilla, Barry Joseph, Marjee Chmiel, David Ng

In 2010 only 16% of U.S. undergraduates declared natural sciences and engineering as their primary field of study compared to higher rates in other countries. Science is seemingly not interesting to youth. This problem is being addressed in and out of school. However, out-of-school learning is crucial and helps youth connect learning that happens in school to learning that occurs in other areas through “ecologies” of learning. These ecologies provide pathways of engagement across the spaces where youth develop (Ito, 2013). The American Museum of Natural History, The Field Museum, Smithsonian Science Education Center and University of British Columbia have contributed to these pathways through the development of STEM games. This panel will explore what the driving ideas are for using these games. Panelists will discuss with the audience on how games are, and might be be used, for STEM learning using civic and cultural institutions as examples.

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Barry Joseph

Associate Director of Digital Learning, American Museum of Natural History
Barry Joseph is Associate Director of Digital Learning at the American Museum of Natural History. Since 2000, he has developed innovative programs in the areas of youth-produced video games, mobile and augmented learning, virtual worlds, digital fabrication, alternative assessments models, and more, always seeking to combine youth development practices with the development of high profile digital media projects that develop 21st Century Skills... Read More →
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David Ng

Faculty, University of British Columbia
David Ng is a geneticist, science educator, and faculty based at the UBC Michael Smith Laboratories.  Of note: (1) he is partly responsible for the massive DNA helix emblazoned on his building’s facade; (2) his Dad beat up Bruce Lee; (3) his first foray into general publishing featured a unicorn on the front cover; and (4) his lab studies things like Pokemon and creativity. Learn more at bioteach.ubc.ca

Edge Quintanilla

Digital Learning Specialist, The Field Museum

Thursday June 12, 2014 10:30am - 11:30am

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