Transform Your Science Classroom: How one animated character can inspire a new generation of scientists
Aug 19, 2014 2014-08-19
Presented by Lissa Johnson, founder and CEO of Mosa Mack: Science Detective, winner of the SIIA Innovation Incubator Educator’s Choice Award
While teaching middle school science in Harlem, Lissa Johnson found that there were few resources that accomplished what she needed. The web-based resources lectured her students and consistently featured older Caucasian males as the protagonist. With a background in television production, Johnson was inspired to fix the problem, and created Mosa Mack: Science Detective.
This webinar addressed challenges in the science classroom as well as ways in which Mosa Mack Science is addressing those challenges by allowing educators to accomplish multiple goals at once. A product demonstration showed attendees how Mosa Mack Science enhances participation, interest and achievement in science.
Mosa Mack: Science Detective is a web-based library of inquiry-based, character-driven, animated mysteries paired with differentiated supplemental activities that expose students to the thrill of problem-solving. Mosa Mack allows educators to engage students while teaching standards-aligned content in a fun and engaging way, while modeling scientific processing skills.
Through its female protagonist whose passion for problem-solving drives each story, Mosa Mack promotes diversity in the sciences while simultaneously providing teachers with an accessible way to incorporate inquiry into the classroom. Mosa Mack’s unique inquiry-based approach targets the development of critical thinking skills for all students, with a particular focus on girls and minorities with historically low participation STEM fields.