Ardoin and Johnson get NSF grant to study long-term impacts of STEM education at zoos and aquariums
A visit to the zoo gives kids a chance to see animals they may never otherwise experience. It’s also an opportunity for deep engagement and learning in science.
To date, however, the long-term impacts of learning science outside the classroom aren’t well known. Researchers wonder whether the lessons last, how best to connect these lessons to what students are learning in class, and how to make sure all kids have an opportunity for diverse learning experiences.
A new project by NICOLE ARDOIN, an assistant professor with a joint appointment in the Graduate School of Education and in the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, is looking to address some of these questions. Ardoin’s research team was just awarded a $115,000 grant by the National Science Foundation for its effort.
Brian Johnson is co-PI on the project.