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June 18, 2020

CoBuild19: Engaging families in STEM activities online

This research addresses critical aspects of the COVID-19 impact on families, including the large-scale shift to at-home learning based on nationwide school closures, the closing of camps and restrictions on other group learning activities for children, and the critical need for families to understand the basic science of virus transmission and prevention. The researchers are also investigating strategies for enabling families to actively engage with STEM while home and away from their traditional institutions during a period of crisis. While the project is focusing on a unique situation to collect data on family STEM engagement as families respond to disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic, this project and its findings will collect data that can inform future responses to national emergencies, other work aimed at promoting family learning at home, and approaches to supporting children in open-ended problem solving.

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