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ANNUAL REPORT 2010-2011
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center
for
informal science education
Stephanie Kelly uses the Smart Board in the
Museum’s new
Explore Research
exhibit.
Explore Research exhibit spotlights UF science
In 2011, the Museum’s Center for Informal Science Education
launched a new campuswide collaboration of faculty, students and
staff to better connect University of Florida researchers with public
audiences. The
Explore Research
exhibit is helping UF scientists
communicate their findings in a comprehensive multimedia display.
Housed in the Museum, the exhibit includes two high-definition
monitors and an interactive Smart Board with custom hands-on
learning activities, as well as cross-promotion on the UF website
and in the university’s
Explore
magazine. Featured videos produced
by UF students are updated frequently to reflect breaking research
news. The project web page hosts current videos and a searchable
archive available on the Museum’s YouTube and TeacherTube
channels. Future plans include connecting researchers and school
groups through video conferencing, developing curriculum-based
Smart Board activities for classrooms and installing interactive kiosks
at key campus and off-site locations. The
Explore Research
exhibit
partners include UF’s Florida Museum of Natural History, Office of
Research, and Scientific Thinking & Educational Partnership.
WINGS participant’s exemplary work
promotes citizen science
Project Butterfly WINGS: Winning Investigative Network for Great
Science
continues to inspire youth throughout the state to pursue
careers and personal commitments to scientific research. Erin
Barbeau, a high school student and
WINGS
participant, recently
employed the techniques she learned in the
WINGS
program to
investigate the effects of prescribed burns on butterfly populations
in her hometown of Port St. Lucie. Barbeau was honored at the 2011
Florida State Science and Engineering Fair for these efforts, winning
first place in the environmental sciences category. She also ranked
within the fair’s top 20 projects out of 400 high school submissions.
Barbeau also was awarded Female Youth Volunteer of the Year by the
Friends of Florida State Parks for her volunteer work at the Savannas
Preserve State Park. She continues to credit the
WINGS
program
and website for encouraging and facilitating her projects.