Faculty Advisor

Aghajanian, Michael John

Faculty Advisor

Ault, Holly Keyes

Center

AUSTR / Australia

Abstract

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) conducts science education programs in schools across Australia. This project developed a formal rubric to evaluate the effectiveness with which the hands-on activities in these programs teach students science concepts in an engaging ways. Through educator interviews and surveys, program observations, and discussions with teachers and students, this rubric was developed and tested. The rubric was found to be valid in accurately conveying key information about activities, reproducible when used by different evaluators, and universally applicable to all age groups. The project team also provided recommendations for improvements to the rubric and used the rubric to inform design recommendations for two new activities.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2013

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Business

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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