Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) can inform the personal decisions and civic debates of young people and adults. Unfortunately for many students, STEM as typically taught in schools may appear inaccessible, disconnected from lived experience, or siloed from everyday contexts. Inviting young people to author infographics can aid them in:
- making sense of science and data related to topics they care about
- seeing science as relevant to their lives and everyday experiences
- knowing how to find, synthesize, and analyze credible science information and data
- communicating with their peers and families about the implications of science for society
We have found that using infographics in high schools and out-of-school programs for teens is not only beneficial for STEM learning, but across other disciplines as well. In all cases, students are afforded the opportunity to make empirically backed and visually appealing argumentative claims, rather than simply parroting content they find. Learning experiences focused on infographic authoring hold promise to increase active engagement of learners, and cultivation of putting science to use in their own lives and the lives of others.
Watch the videos below to hear what our teachers have to say about creating infographics with their students in their classes.