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ThinkMind // UBICOMM 2012, The Sixth International Conference on Mobile Ubiquitous Computing, Systems, Services and Technologies // View article ubicomm_2012_4_10_10115


MAD Science: Increasing Engagement in STEM Education Through Participatory Sensing

Authors:
Scott Heggen
Osarieme Omokaro
Jamie Payton

Keywords: participatory sensing; public participation in scientific research; broadening participation; education

Abstract:
In this paper, we introduce the Mobile Application Development for Science (MAD Science) curriculum, which utilizes participatory sensing as a central theme to increase middle school students’ engagement and interest in science and technology. Participatory sensing involves the general public in collecting and sharing information about the surrounding environment through the use of sensing (e.g., camera, GPS, accelerometer) and input capabilities on handheld mobile devices, such as smartphones. We present the results of a pilot offering of the MAD Science curriculum as part of a 10-week after-school program for middle school children. Our results indicate the potential for participatory sensing as a tool for increasing engagement in technology; after participating in the MAD Science program, students viewed technology more favorably, indicated increased enjoyment of technology, and indicated increased interest in pursuing education and careers in science and computing.

Pages: 87 to 96

Copyright: Copyright (c) IARIA, 2012

Publication date: September 23, 2012

Published in: conference

ISSN: 2308-4278

ISBN: 978-1-61208-236-3

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Dates: from September 23, 2012 to September 28, 2012

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