Blogs & Videos: Education

Mobile Planet 2013

Mobile Planet was an intensive one-week game design workshop for middle school-aged teens and tweens. In this program, teens learned about the systems, processes, and critters that play pivotal roles in the world of soil. Participants met Mark Bramstedt, Soil Scientist at the Natural Resource Conservation Service, and learned about the world just a few inches beneath our feet. In addition, students learned about game design and created game prototypes.

Sound Planet 2013

Sound Planet was an intensive one-week sound design workshop that investigated the field of Anthropology through the lens of music. In this program, teens explored how cultures around the world have created instruments and music that is reflective of their history and environment. Students explored sounds and music throughout the Museum’s exhibitions and behind the scenes in the Museum’s collections.

Digital Planet: Creatures of the Watery Abyss Showcase

Digital Planet: Creatures of the Watery Abyss was an intensive one week video making workshop about life at the bottom of the ocean. Teens from Chicagoland and beyond met Associate Curator Dr. Janet Voight and learned about what it is like to research ocean life thousands of feet beneath the surface. Teens travelled (virtually) to ocean depths rarely seen, learned the secrets of bioluminescent  fishes, and experienced a behind-the-scenes tour of The Field Museum's Collection Resource Center. These young film makers then selected a topic and created a short video on it.

What the Fish? Episode 16: Live with the Youth Design Team

Becoming a scientist or working in science is never a straight forward path: appreciation of the natural world, hobbies, high school jobs, science fiction and random life events all come into play. We discuss these sinuous paths into science with a special live audience, The Field Museum's Youth Design Team summer interns.  We hope that our stories were a source of science and fishy inspiration!

Digital Planet: Climate Change Showcase

Digital Planet: Climate Change was a collaboration with The Pearson Foundation's New Learning Institute. The week-long workshops had a group of teens meet with climate experts and discuss the effects that our actions have on our environment. Using a social networking web site, teens were able to share their experiences and thoughts in and out of the museum. They then worked in groups to create short videos that shared a message on climate change. Here are some of the highlights:

Digital Planet: Antarctica Showcase

Digital Planet: Antarctica focused on Peter Makovicky's 2011 expedition to Antarctica to collect fossils of the Cryolophosaurus and was a collaboration with The Pearson Foundation's New Learning Institute. Teens learned about his expedition by working with Dr. Makovicky and other members of The Field Museum's geology staff. Teens each created a video on either the expedition or it's discoveries using iMovie and Nokia N97 phones. The videos were entirely produced, filmed and edited by the participants. Here are some of the highlights: