BioSynC at DML

March 6, 2011

Audrey Aronowsky with Field Museum Education staff Krystal Villanosa and Johanna Thompson attended the Digital Media and Learning conference convened by the MacArthur Foundation in Long Beach, CA. Aronowsky presented BioSynC’s digital learning programs on an invited panel. Aronowsky and Sanzenbacher co-authored a presentation on “WhyReef: real science in a virtual world”.

Launch of Conservation Connection

January 25, 2011

BioSynC, in partnership with Field Museum Education, launched the Conservation Connection digital learning program. Conservation Connection
engages 20 teens in Chicago, 20 teens in Suva, Fiji, and middle and high school students from across the country in the stewardship of both Fijian coral reefs and local ecosystems through direct involvement in the scientific process.

Conservation Connection Preparation

December 19, 2010

Planning, prepping and organizing for Conservation Connection are underway! Josh Drew and Beth Sanzenbacher hosted their Fijian collaborator, Akanisi Caginotoba, from the Wildlife Conservation Society to coordinate activities and design the curriculum for Conservation Connection. Ms. Caginotoba was introduced to EOL, WhyReef, and FijiReef and was trained in their use in a classroom setting. Ms. Caginotoba also visited the Chicago Conservation Connection host school, VOISE Academy, to meet with the Chicago teens.

Photo (from left to right) of Akanisi Caginotoba, VOICE Academy Science Teacher, Ms. Newton, and VOICE Academy Vice Principle, Dr. Alison.

Digital Learning Lecture at UW-Stout

December 13, 2010

Beth Sanzenbacher was a guest lecturer for the Educational Game Design course at the University of Wisconsin – Stout campus. Sanzenbacher discussed scientific game design and the potential role of EOL in digital learning.

I Dig Brazil

December 12, 2010

Every Tuesday and Thursday from September 18th - December 8th, seven teens in Chicago and six teens in New York worked with an international team of scientists to discover what it’s like to be a paleontologist and explore the environment and culture of Brazil. Through a series of inquiry based projects, teens used the latest in digital media technologies to research: fossil plants and animals from the late Permian and early Triassic; sedimentology and stratigraphy; and extinctions and climate change. The teens are used EOL pages to compare extant animals and plants to their fossil animals and plants, and to research the flora and fauna of Brazil. The final project for the teens was the creation of a virtual museum exhibits on their fossil plants and animals.

The Field Museum’s Global Science Seminars

September 12, 2010

Connecting high school students to primary research using cutting-edge digital networks

The Field Museum’s Global Science Seminars are dedicated to bringing students and scientists together digitally to discuss topics in biodiversity.   Scientists from the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago will be featured in seminars throughout the year, and will use CoolHub to connect with students. CoolHub was created by the Illinois Math and Science Academy (IMSA), and is a free web-based community of students and experts that collaborate on innovative projects in math and science. CoolHub services include video conference seminars, on-going wiki discussions, blogs, and message boards.

I Dig Zambia and Society of Vertebrate Paleontology

September 10, 2010

IDZ Poster


Audrey Aronowsky and Beth Sanzenbacher co-authored a poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology in Pittsburgh, PA. The poster summarized methods used in and successes from the 2009 I Dig Zambia summer camp.

Games, Learning and Society

June 11, 2010

Audrey Aronowsky and Beth Sanzenbacher presented on their digital learning programs at the Games, Learning, and Society conference in Madison, WI. Presentation title June 9: Using virtual classrooms to engage youth in science and global citizenship. Presentation title June 10: Whyreef kids advisory council, connecting virtual and real worlds.

Educational Resources for WhyReef

June 7, 2010

BioSynC and the Education team at The Field Museum have recently produced several educational resources to accompany WhyReef.  

Instructional Videos

EOL Biodiversity Scavenger Hunt at The Field Museum

May 10, 2010

The Biodiversity Synthesis Group took part in The Field Museum Member’s Night this year by running an EOL Biodiversity Scavenger Hunt.   Member’s Night is a Museum event when members can explore the Museum’s vast collections, interact with curators and staff, and witness behind-the-scenes work. We challenged members to explore the Museum’s biodiversity through a photo scavenger hunt. There were two types of scavenger hunts to appeal to families and individuals of all ages. The

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