PER Seminar 10/19 (Alexa Warwick & Melissa Kjelvik)


Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm


1400 Biomedical & Physical Sciences

Data Nuggets: Increase your broader impacts while improving science education
Alexa Warwick & Melissa Kjelvik, Michigan State University,

Want to involve your students in cutting edge science research without even leaving the classroom? Data Nuggets ( are an innovative approach to connect students with scientists and authentic data. These free K-16 classroom activities reveal how the process of science actually works and give students practice interpreting quantitative information and making evidence based on claims. 
We are currently seeking to add to our collection of Data Nuggets to increase the diversity of topics covered. In this seminar we will demonstrate how our current Data Nugget resources are used in the classroom and instruct researchers on how to create your own new Data Nugget.
Data Nuggets provide you, as a scientist, an avenue to share your research and results with a broad audience of students, teachers, and fellow scientists. Sharing research findings with the non-science public is an important part of the scientific process, yet is often one of the most challenging to achieve. Data Nuggets are a great way to practice these communication skills and create a long-term educational resource.
Data Nuggets are currently funded by an NSF DRK-12 grant, which also gives us the opportunity to test the efficacy of this important resource, and ensures that Data Nuggets will be maintained and available for years to come.