ERIC Number: ED470164
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
Kids as Airborne Mission Scientists: Designing PBL To Inspire Kids.
Koszalka, Tiffany A.; Grabowski, Barbara L.; Kim, Younghoon
Problem-based learning (PBL) has great potential for inspiring K-12 learning. KaAMS, a NASA funded project and an example of PBL, was designed to help teachers inspire middle school students to learn science. The students participate as scientists investigating environmental problems using NASA airborne remote sensing data. Two PBL modules were developed that address two different environmental issues: active lava flows and coral reefs in Hawaii. The modules consisted of new lesson plans that could be used flexibly by many teachers, and that use existing NASA and other Web resources. The goal was to harness those resources that exist rather than create totally new ones. This paper provides an overview of the instructional design challenges in creating Web-based PBL teacher support materials, the PBL model selected for use, the activities embedded in the PBL, and initial results of classroom trials. (Contains 10 references.) (Author/AEF)
Descriptors: Educational Resources, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Design, Instructional Development, Instructional Innovation, Instructional Materials, Learning Activities, Problem Based Learning, Science Achievement, Science Activities, Science Education, Science Interests, Science Materials
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Annual Proceedings of Selected Research and Development [and] Practice Papers Presented at the National Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (24th, Atlanta, GA, November 8-12, 2001). Volumes 1-2; see IR 021 504.