ITSRG hosts a panel session at the AAG meeting in Boston on the intersection of informal science education and geography - Lessons learned from the BITS Program Wednesday, from 10:10 AM - 11:50 AM
Michele Masucci - Temple University
Lorena Munoz - University Of Southern California
Michael L. Dorn - Temple University
Langston Clement, Temple University
Melody Grewell - Indiana University
Jeffrey Carroll, Temple University
David J. Organ - Clark Atlanta University
Session Description: BITS is a three-year, youth-based ITEST program funded by the National Science Foundation. BITS used an informal science education model for engaging youth to learn information technology skills through hands on, interactive and non-traditional approaches. The program evaluation emphasized implementing an instructional approach that was culturally relevant with regard to participants, staffing, and content themes.
The research model aimed to assess the viability of a collaborative model for creating a community geographic information system that engaged high school students and provided a context for them to acquire an understanding of basic geographic concepts. This session will provide an overview about the outcomes and challenges involved in translating geographic knowledge and information technology skills into meaningful, age appropriate experiences for students in the program. We will also discuss possible new directions and opportunities for collaboration around new initiatives of the program.