Living Lab Combines Research With Outreach

September 9th, 2013

Kids get to participate in research, while parents learn more about how science works

It’s hands-on time at the Museum of Science (MOS) Discovery CenterĀ in Boston. Kids can touch and play their way through scientific exhibits, and even take part in actual science experiments in Living Laboratory, a model for informal cognitive science education. Scientists ask visiting parents if their kids can take part in a quick exercise for one of the ongoing studies. With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Becki Kipling and her team provide training that helps scientists speak one-on-one with parents and guardians. The goal is to help parents better understand the scientific process, while at the same time giving researchers the opportunity to hone their communication skills.

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