A consortium of science centers, led by NYSCI, has launched learnXdesign, a website for the informal learning community.
The website, learnxdesign.org, contains more than 30 hands-on activities for use by educators in a variety of out-of-school settings, including after-school programs, libraries and youth clubs. Activities focus on design-based learning, a model of learning where students are presented with a challenge that requires them to actively engage in the learning process by creating hypotheses, experimenting and drawing conclusions. Current activities available on the site include shadow puppets, paper circuits and microbots.
NYSCI partnered with six science and technology museums to create learnXdesign – the Center of Science and Industry in Columbus, Ohio; Explora in Albuquerque, N.M.; the Museum of Science in Boston, Mass.; the Science Museum of Minnesota in Minneapolis; The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, Calif.; and TELUS Spark Science Centre in Calgary, Canada. Web development was provided by the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley, Calif. Funding for the project was provided through a generous grant from the Noyce Foundation.
Although intended primarily for the after-school community, learnXdesign activities can be accessed by anyone and are available for free as pdf downloads at learnxdesign.org.