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Saturday, October 4, 2014
Please join us for a special presentation/discussion with our recent researchers,
Dr. Xiangli Gu and Dr. Tao Zhang, University of North Texas:
"How Can We Motivate School-Age Children to Be Smart and Healthy?"
12 Noon to 12:45 p.m.
Doodler Studio

10 AM to 1 PM
How does the human mind navigate large information networks?

Are humans better than machines at finding the shortest paths in information networks?
Although faced with huge amounts of information, humans are generally good at “connecting the dots” between concepts in information networks. However, research indicates that even machines that do not possess any background knowledge (like humans do) are able to find shorter paths than humans between concepts in information networks. 

This study aims to compare automatic vs. human navigation in the Wikipedia network of concepts.  We will record the number of clicks (i.e., the length of the path) needed by a participant to reach a target concept starting from a source concept. For two concepts, the number of clicks by humans and by machines will be compared to determine similarities and differences between automatic vs. human navigation.

This study is a collaboration between Dr. Cornelia Caragea, assistant professor at the University of North Texas, and the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.


1 to 4 PM
Move "Does playing videogames make us healthier and smarter?"

Does your child play video games? Are you concerned about your child playing video games and their health, intelligence, and happiness?

RLC imageThis study aims to examine the relationship between health, well-being, physically interactive video games, and cognitive function among children. All children will be invited to play the Dance video games. Body composition assessment (height, weight, and skin fold measurements) will be provided for younger children, while older children will have the opportunity to self-report their perceptions of interactive video games. Parent feedback will supplement information on a child’s cognitive functions. Researchers will be available onsite to answer any questions that parents may have related to their children’s health and learning. Results of this study will be compiled to provide insight into potential relationships between physically interactive video games and children’s physical or cognitive well-being.

This study is a collaboration between Dr. Xiangli Gu, Dr. Lin Lin, and Dr. Tao Zhang of University of North Texas and the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.



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The Museum School was one of the first museum preschools accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

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