Science Stories, by Teens

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During a recent visit to the Field Museum in Chicago, IL, I was delighted to find an exhibit showcasing a museum program that offers opportunities for teens to tell stories about science through video!

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Reminds me of something I was recently told: if you ask students to explain something in the form of a video (rather than in writing or via multiple choice test), you are likely to get much richer explanations, deeper inquiry and more insight into their thought processes.  Great to see opportunities like this are available and going well. Wish I had had experiences like this as a kid!

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At Splash! 2012

I’m back at MIT to teach Splash! classes for the Educational Studies Program (ESP) this wondrous weekend when middle and high school students converge on the MIT campus to take classes from volunteer teachers on topics that interest them, ranging from origami to black holes to parasitic wasps to the science of cooking. The atmosphere in the student-and-parent-packed hallways of the Infinite Corridor is charged with enthusiasm, while the Splash HQ (where I just checked in) is partly frenetic and casually jovial with lots of underlying camaraderie.

I’ve been volunteer teaching for Splash!¬†and ESP on and off for over ten years now, and I keep coming back to do more. I’ve never seen or heard about anything like what ESP does, and it still amazes me that every year, the students who comprise ESP successfully organize this weekend-long celebration of sharing knowledge, passion and energy.

ESP officers, staff, etc. past and present, I love your dedication to connecting those who want to teach with those who want to learn. Thank you for making learning fun and accessible to so many!

Perhaps I’ll post thoughts on my classes here later.