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Worldviews Network: Ecological Literacy Programming for Digital Planetariums and Beyond

Funding: 
$850,314
Year: 
2010

The Worldviews Network - a collaboration of institutions that have pioneered Earth systems research, education and evaluation methods - is creating innovative approaches for engaging the American public in dialogues about human-induced global changes. Leveraging the power of immersive scientific visualization environments at informal science centers across the US, we are developing transformative educational processes that integrate the benefits of visual thinking, systems thinking, and design thinking.

The Worldviews Network - a collaboration of institutions that have pioneered Earth systems research, education and evaluation methods - is creating innovative approaches for engaging the American public in dialogues about human-induced global changes. Leveraging the power of immersive scientific visualization environments at informal science centers across the US, we are developing transformative educational processes that integrate the benefits of visual thinking, systems thinking, and design thinking. This "seeing, knowing, doing" approach empowers educators with tools and techniques that help audiences to visualize, comprehend, and address complex issues from a whole-systems perspective. The Worldviews Network will make explicit the interconnections of Earth’s life support systems across time and space as well as inspire community participation in design processes by providing real-world examples of successful projects that are increasing the healthy functioning of regional and global ecosystems

Competition: 2010: ELG for Informal/Nonformal Education
Award Number: 
NA10SEC0080011
Grant Dates: 
10/01/2010 to 09/30/2014
PI: 
Dr. Ka Chun Yu
State: Colorado   County: Denver   District: CO01 
Partners:   American Museum of Natural History, California Academy of Sciences, Institute for Learning Innovation, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, NASA Ames Exploration Center, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Bell Museum of Natural History, Elumenati, Journey Museum & Learning Center, University of Michigan / Museum of Natural History, University of North Carolina at Asheville, WGBH Educational Foundation, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) National Center for Atmospheric Research, Fort Collins Museum of Discovery Colorado State University / Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA)