Activation Lab

Science Learning Activation Lab is a national research and design effort to learn and demonstrate how to activate children in ways that ignite persistent engagement in science learning and inquiry.

Led by the Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California Berkeley, and the Learning Research Development Center at the University of Pittsburgh, the Lab is conducting research to identify the characteristics of young children that are predictive of successful science learning and future participation in science, as well as to design learning environments that promote such outcomes.

Working with a team of national experts, the Activation Lab has developed a theoretical framework to guide our investigation in systematic ways across learning settings. Our research will explore and define the elements of an activated learner, the trajectory of predicted outcomes, and the learning experiences that support or maintain activation.

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