Motivating Through Creative World-Building. Process and Framework Going Native Settling In R & D Building Testing Sharing Ten Years with SciCentr and SciFair Margaret Corbit http://www.viewcommunity.net.
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First SciFair (1998-2000): twelve teens at a rural high school came "inworld" to study bioengineering of crops, and to be introduced to a new online digital medium. Working with two mentors at Cornell, they designed and built the Tomato Islands with virtual greenhouses, knowledge spaces for what they learned about the crop's biodiversity, cultural needs, history, biogeography, and modern production.
June, 2001: 9 teens with the Cornell Cooperative Extension's 4H Youth Development Career Explorations Program spent two days learning how to work in the environment. Teams to created two exhibits on asteroid belt research, and presented their exhibits to European educators inworld and to their peers on campus.
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