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 April 4, 2015

10  AM to 1 PM

Do gestures support math learning?

Do you use your hands when you talk?  Research indicates that gestures may free up verbal working memory--the ability to hold, adjust, or tweak information in our minds.  But can hand movements also support math learning? 

This study will focus on the use of gestures in learning simple math concepts.  After watching a brief math video involving hand movements, each participant’s ability to problem solve will be measured.  Findings will help educators better understand the role of gestures in math learning. 

This study is a collaboration between the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and Zhengsi Chang, graduate student at the University of Texas at Arlington.  The study is conducted in conjunction with the MBE Lab at the University of Texas at Arlington.

1 to 4 PM

Family game play and problem solving: Does technology change our roles?

When solving problems collaboratively, children have traditionally listened more to their adults' suggestions, showing less power but more compliance. However, technology may be changing these family dynamics.  In today’s digital world, children are likely to be the technology “experts”, and are often both more literate and more confident in digital skills than adults. As technology becomes increasingly integrated into family life, are the dynamics of family decision making changing?

In this study, intergenerational participants will have the option of racing against each other or working as a team to master an online problem-solving game.  The study will look at the influence of technology on our family collaborations.

This study is a collaboration between Dr. Lin Lin, University of North Texas, Zhengsi Chang, University of Texas at Arlington, and the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.


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How does vision help your balance?

If you are standing up while you read this information, you are using balance! Balance helps us stand and move around without falling down. Have you ever noticed that it is harder to balance when your eyes are closed?  That’s because our eyes help our brains to know where we are in space, so that our brains can tell our body how to move.

 Some people have a harder time balancing than others do. Scientists don’t know if that is because of how their brains control their bodies, or how their brains interpret what their eyes see.


 This study will test the role of vision in postural control.  Participants will stand on a platform and balance while standing still or leaning.  The study will help in understanding how people use vision to help attain balance, and whether those with Autism Spectrum Disorder use vision differently than typically developing people.

This study is a collaboration between Dr. Haylie Miller, Dr. Nicoleta Bugnariu, and PA Laura Mattingly (UNT Health Science Center) and the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.

Fun Fact
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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