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2014 Advisory Board Meeting: LakeViz visits the Great Lakes Science Center

The Great Lakes Science Center (GLSC) hosted the 2014 LakeViz Advisory Board Meeting on May 29 in Cleveland, Ohio, next to beautiful Lake Erie. Joining the meeting were advisors Donna Cox (University of Illinois), John Baek (NOAA), Kate Haley-Goldman (Audience Viewpoints Consulting), and Val Davillier (Great Lakes Science Center).

Given that the LakeViz3D grant is in its third year and nearing completion, we asked the advisors to help distill the intellectual merits of the project accomplished to date and to identify synergistic activities and resources that could be used to carry the work into its next stage.

All advisors noted that the primary challenge faced by the project – applying research-grade tools and making data available for informal science education in science centers – is an important and common problem across scientific disciplines. For example, Advisor Cox relayed the long-term struggle of planetariums developing practitioner-friendly tools to visualize large astrophysical datasets.

LakeViz members attended the Advisory Board meeting at the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland, Ohio, and were impressed by the Center’s commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship, including their 225kW wind turbine and on-site array of solar panels.
LakeViz members attended the Advisory Board meeting at the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland, Ohio, and were impressed by the Center’s commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship, including their 225kW wind turbine and on-site solar panel array.  Photo courtesy Heather Segale.

During the discussion, the group identified a greater need to document the process of connecting research tools (and especially visualization tools) to end user, in an effort to make institutions embarking on such projects aware of the level of commitment needed to be successful, as well as the pitfalls they may encounter.

To make progress on this goal, advisors suggested (1) convening a museum consortium to identify and discuss the research tool to end-user process, common problems, and success stories and (2) developing decision trees and training documents to disseminate to the greater community. Accordingly, the LakeViz3D team has been working on documenting our process for designing and creating 3D visualizations for educational institutions. We are looking forward to sharing our work in an upcoming publication!

Besides the advisory board meeting, the LakeViz team also toured the Great Lakes Science Center and all of the wonderful exhibits it has to offer, including the ‘Great Lakes Story’ exhibit aboard the W.G. Mather. In addition, GLSC partners such as the Cleveland Water Alliance and Stone Laboratory inspired us with their work on sustainable development and freshwater field research education, respectively. We ended our trip with a fun biology activity, led by an educator from the Great Science Academy, a teen maker program at GLSC: we used laser-cut cardboard parts and LEDs to create DIY fish with biological adaptations of our own design.

We gratefully thank Advisor Val Devillier and Kirsten Ellenbogen, President of the Great Lakes Science Center for sharing their space and hosting the meeting.

LakeViz Advisory Board meeting attendees toured the many creative freshwater ecology displays and interactives in the ‘Great Lakes Story’ exhibit aboard the W.G. Mather (http://www.greatscience.com/exhibits/steamship-william-g-mather/history-facts.aspx).
LakeViz Advisory Board meeting attendees toured the many creative freshwater ecology displays and interactives in the ‘Great Lakes Story’ exhibit aboard the W.G. Mather (http://www.greatscience.com/exhibits/steamship-william-g-mather/history-facts.aspx).  Photo courtesy Heather Segale.
The Great Science Academy, a teen maker program at GLSC, led us through a fun biology activity, in which we used laser cut cardboard parts and LEDs to create DIY fish.  The activity is used to teach students about evolution and adaptation.
The Great Science Academy (GSA), a teen maker program at GLSC, led us through a fun biology activity, in which we used laser cut cardboard parts and LEDs to create DIY fish. GSA uses the activity to teach students about evolution and adaptation.

Lake 3D Visualization Content Map

Draft November 10, 2011

Lake3D Viz Content Map articulates content main messages for the informal science education on freshwater water ecosystems and their stewardship. The users of the content map are developers and practitioners who create learning materials for visitors and the public. The ideas articulated in the map drives all the educational products including (but not limited to) the visualizations, tabletops, media and websites.

The top level of the map has 3 overarching key big ideas about fresh water ecosystems and their stewardship. All educational products engage the visitors and the public in these main messages.

Each of the big ideas is linked to a set of learning objectives that the educational products will address. The learning objectives simplify the ideas into various pathways that will result in conveying the message to the visitor.

In order to develop the educational product such as visualization or a table-top activity, the learning objectives are further expanded into a detailed list of categorized topics, similar to the index in a textbook. Each topic may be addressed in more than one educational product. For example, earthquakes and faulting are topics that are closely linked to the formation of lakes and the dynamics of its change. These topics can be address through the 3D visualization as well as through table-top interactives.

Big Ideas:

Idea 1: Water connects to water, land, air and life

Idea 2: Freshwater ecosystems are dynamic, complex and are constantly changing

Idea 3: Humans study, manage and impact freshwater ecosystems on local as well global scale Continue reading Lake 3D Visualization Content Map