Can Children’s TV Characters Boost STEM Learning?

Rebekah Richert

Rebekah Richert

Rebekah Richert, associate professor of psychology, will lead a five-year research project aimed at determining how popular characters from children’s television could encourage science, technology, engineering and mathematical (STEM) learning. The project is funded by a $2.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation. UCR’s share of the grant is $885,745.

In a series of studies with children ages 18 months to 6 years, the researchers will examine how toddlers and preschoolers learn from educational media and how that can support STEM education.

“At the end of five years we hope to be able to provide information about or be actively involved in designing high-quality television programs and games that are most likely to engage children in STEM learning,” Richert said.

Research Project to Capture Infrared View of Distant Universe

UCR’s astronomers have received a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct a large new survey of galaxies using a new instrument — MOSFIRE — on the Keck I telescope at the summit of Mauna Kea on Hawai`i’s Big Island.

The $975,000 grant for the MOSFIRE Deep Evolution Field (MOSDEF) Survey will be divided among four campuses: UCR, UCLA, UC Berkeley and UCSD. UCR will receive 41 percent of the funding.

There are six co-principal instigators for this project across the University of California; three of them are at UCR. They are: Naveen Reddy, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy and principal investigator of the UCR portion of the grant; Brian Siana, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy; and Bahram Mobasher, a professor of physics and astronomy.

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