EO-08. NOAA SOS Explorer's Quest Towards Creating a Data Visualization Toolbox for Teachers
Building Insights through Observation is a project funded by the National Science Foundation, designed to advance our understanding of how science teachers can learn to incorporate arts-based teaching methods and visualizations of authentic science data into their pedagogical practices in order to improve students’ data literacy and critical thinking skills. The project uses data visualizations from the Science On a Sphere (SOS) project, a six foot 3D globe exhibit installed in over 172 museums. In 2019, the Science On a Sphere project released a free flat screen 3D globe mobile application, SOS Explorer Mobile, which allows users to access the SOS data catalog in the palm of their hands. This opened the door for teaming up to test pedagogy techniques for data visualizations in the classroom, a space that was not accessible for the large museum exhibit. Building Insights through Observation is a four-year project beginning July 2021 with an ultimate goal of creating a Data Visualization Toolbox for educators.