The Cre@tive Expedition for science literacy
December 15, 2022
December 16, 2022
Students experience that the natural science subjects lack relevance in relation to their everyday lives, and new solutions are needed to maintain students’ interest in science subjects. Students' interests are closely linked to the experience of relevance and meaningfulness, which can be promoted by experiential learning with a high degree of involvement of the students. Students acquire knowledge and skills through practical experiments and scientific data collection and analyses, which can increase their interest of the subject and increase their science literacy. Citizen Science projects involve the public in research including problem-definition and development phases. The current project is embedded in educational science with the purpose of designing, testing and evaluating innovative learning activities with active involvement of students and teachers. These learning activities entail experiential learning and integrate body, senses and physical activities with the goal of increasing the interest in science and promote scientific literacy for the participants. By an explorative and emerging process, we have created The Cre@tive Expedition with involvement from researchers, practitioner, and students. In The Cre@tive Expedition participants use their bodies and senses to solve tasks at the outdoor Active Living Laboratory. The concept is structured as an educational Escape Room approach designed for participants to problem-solve, collaborate, be active and experimental. Until now, the concept has been tested in three settings, which has fueled the vision of the development of the Active Living Laboratory as a place, where children, teens and other citizens engage with science and scientists and participate in experimenting, inspiring and physical active STEM learning activities. With a Citizen Science approach, we will explore and develop the involvement of students in all phases of the research projects, which is in the initial development phase. Based on our participation in CitSci2022 we will further develop our involvement of the public in the research process and in the development of new ways of integrating the body, senses and physical activities in fun, inspiring and challenging learning.
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