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Evaluators Hear About Micronauts Evaluation

Tue Nov 23 2010

Dr. Laurie Ruberg, associate director of the Center for Educational Technologies, presented a paper at the annual meeting of the American Evaluation Association that dealt with a new program aimed at children in grades K-4.

The paper evaluated the new Micronauts facility at the Challenger Learning Center at Wheeling Jesuit and was titled, "Process Evaluation of an Immersive Learning Experience for Grades K-4 Youth." Coauthors were Dr. Debra Burkey Piecka, Jackie Shia, Cassie Lightfritz, and Annie Morgan of the Center for Educational Technologies.

Also at the conference Nov. 10-13 in San Antonio, Ruberg promoted discussion about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs for young learners on a NASATalk collaborative called NASA and STEM Resources for K-4. Ruberg's paper was selected for presentation through a peer review process and was included in a strand of papers that focused on the theme of "Strengthening Schools and Youth Through the Use of Evaluation: Issues and Perspectives.

The presentation is posted in the American Evaluation Association online e-library, where it is available for association members to download, comment on, and review. The AEA presentation is also featured in the NASATalk collaborative and can be downloaded from there.