IMAGINATION IN STEM
How do research and perspectives on imaginative thinking in STEM education and practice relate to STEM learning in museums? That was an important question asked by the Museum of Science (MOS), Boston, in a project funded by the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program.
To address this question, the MOS team, led by Becki Kipling, Principal Investigator, and Christine Reich and Sarah May, Co-Principal Investigators, brought together researchers, practitioners, educators, and others for a series of convenings. There were rich conversations about imagination between Informal Science Education (ISE) professionals and between ISE professionals and those from other domains. The Collaborative was included in these convenings. Many important insights were gained.
Enriching this work are a recently released literature review, a survey of ISE professionals, and a number of other products related to this topic. These can help identify and stimulate future areas of research.
See these rich Museum of Science, Boston resources to learn more about the convening’s proceedings, a framework for defining imagination in STEM, and a number of other important resources. You can find project descriptions from 25 unique projects that use imagination in a variety of ways in the Project Index. You can find the YouTube playlist at Unpacking the STEM Imagination Convening YouTube Playlist.
See also the Research Thought Leader article in this newsletter where the Collaborative’s Science Thought Leader, Hubert Dyasi, PhD, and its Arts Thought Leader, Rob Horowitz, EdD, discuss how creative thinking (which includes imagination) bridges the science and the arts.
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