Cristina Wilson, PhD
2023 Seed Grant Awardee
The actual “doing” of science – investigating the natural world through the practices of science inquiry – has traditionally been underemphasized in science education. The reasons for this are twofold: one, because up until recently, we possessed only a limited understanding of how expert field scientists go about generating data collection strategies and how learning from data impacts their strategy adaptation; and two, because getting students access to place-based learning experiences is challenging for a variety of reasons.
To address the education gap in field science practices, the proposed project, Data Simulations, leverages the expertise of Dr. Cristina Wilson, on how working scientists make field data collection decisions, and Infiniscope, to create digital learning content that enables students to experience planning and carrying out field science investigations.
Target Audience Age
Out of School
Home / Family
Dr. Cristina Wilson
Data Simulations PI
Oregon State University
The outcome of the project will be a new digital learning experience where users form data collection strategies to investigate multiple competing hypotheses, and receive real-time data that can be used to revise strategies and reach hypothesis conclusions. The purpose of the simulated field data collection scenario will be to educate and engage users about how expert scientists make data collection decisions, which is particularly important in anticipation of public outreach for NASA’s Mars Sample Return (MSR) mission. The development of the scenario would also coincide with a larger effort by Infiniscope to create digital learning content about the MSR mission. The scenario would therefore help to inform the approach taken to building future Infiniscope content on hypothesis-driven data collection.
Infiniscope is a NASA-funded project that is transforming Earth and space science education and empowering educators through the creation of high-quality adaptive digital learning experiences, educator professional development, a community of practice, creative tools for designing digital content, and a robust set of educator resources.