The WZAM Team Comes to NAAEE in Spokane!

Once we start talking about STEM learning at informal learning centers, we just can’t stop!

Join WZAM researchers Rupu Gupta (NewKnowledge), Kelly Riedinger (Oregon State University) Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning) and Mary Ann Wojton (Lifelong Learning Group/COSI) in Spokane, WA this week at the North American Association of Environmental Education Research Symposium as they continue the discussion about public perceptions of the STEM Learning Ecology and where zoos and aquariums are situated within that landscape.

They will offer insight to some surprising survey results from visitors at zoos and aquariums around the country that expose the public’s views on where and when they encounter STEM topics. In particular, they’ll discuss how environmental educators and their institutions can promote both STEM and environmental learning for their audiences. This research provokes new thinking on E-STEM, or using the environment as a pathway to STEM learning.

To learn more about how the public’s expectations about STEM learning at informal science learning centers match the educational mission of these institutions, join our researchers for a facilitated discussion, Investigating The Confluence Of Visitor And Institutional Conservation Learning Agendas, on Tuesday, October 9 from 10:45am to 11:15am in 201A at the Spokane Convention Center.

To learn more specifically about how environmental educators can best equip themselves for STEM learning, join Rupu in her presentation, Bring, Do, Take: Useful Tools for Practitioners, on Thursday October 11 from 2:30 PM to 4 PM at the Spokane Convention Center in meeting room 206A.

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