The overall goals of ZOOM's educational outreach are to teach science-related skills and concepts and to create lifelong, positive attitudes toward these subjects. ZOOM uses the strengths of kids -- their curiosity about the world, delight in sharing knowledge, and orientation towards their peers -- to inspire them to become active investigators, creators, and problem solvers.
To ensure that ZOOM achieves its goals, the series and all its outreach components are built on an affective and skills-based framework called Habits of Mind. Habits of Mind comprise certain behaviors and ways of thinking about and doing science that encourage kids to ask questions, speculate about the answers, experiment to see what works, observe what happens, and record data to develop an explanation. These processes guide kids through a deeper, more rewarding exploration of the science in the activities on ZOOM.
This case study focuses specifically on ZOOM's Season 5 outreach efforts. The goals of Season 5 focus specifically on engineering while building on ZOOM's overall goal.
The target audience is 8- to 11-year-olds.
ZOOM's Season 5 focus on engineering meets the following National Science Education Standards: Grades K-4 Content Standard E, under the category Science and Technology; and Grades 5-8 Content Standard E, under the categories Science and Technology and Understandings About Technological Design.
For more information about the Standards, visit The National Academy of Sciences at www4.nationalacademies.org/nas/nashome.nsf. For a copy of the Standards, contact the National Academy Press, 2101 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Lockbox 285, Washington, D.C. 20055.