Beginning with the shared understanding that all learning is cultural, the National Science Foundation funded "Backpacks for Science Learning" collaboration between the University of Washington Bothell, The University of Washington, The Seattle Public Library, Pacific Science Center, and Highline Native Education Program set out to study and facilitate family learning experiences with robotics and e-textiles. In order to develop culturally-responsive, strengths-based programming for learners of all ages, project partners leverage their respective expertise, practice community listening with community-based organizations and families, and continually iterate and adjust programs to fit unique community opportunities. Tech Tales, the series of five family workshops developed out of this partnership, has been facilitated by public librarians, informal science educators, and education specialists in locations such as school and public libraries, affordable housing buildings, and community centers throughout the Seattle area. "Backpacks for Science Learning" aims to broaden what counts as STEM, support full family engagement and contribution, and grow learning experiences out of the lives of learners. Attendees will learn key design principles to that will help prioritize storytelling in STEM programs as a way to value and engage intergenerational learners.
ALA Unit/Subunit: ALA
Meeting Type: Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.