This project will use visualizations from an easily accessible tool from NOAA, Science On a Sphere, to help students develop critical thinking skills and practices required to effectively make meaning from authentic scientific data. The project will use arts-based pedagogies for observing, analyzing, and critiquing visual features of data visualizations to build an understanding of what the data reveal. The project will work with middle school science teachers to develop tools for STEM educators to use these data visualizations effectively.
About Me (Bio):
Keri Maxfield has over 30 years of experience in art, design, visual communication, and public outreach to a broad range of audiences. As a graphic artist in a variety of media, she has focused her work on the conveyance of scientific data and social messaging through visual representation and interpretation. As an art director, she has worked on local and national projects. In her capacity as a Communication Designer, Ms. Maxfield works as part of the Nurture Nature Center Team on its social science research projects and public outreach campaigns. She has been responsible for visual prototype development and redesign in response to focus groups and survey feedback in a social science research study to understand how various audiences use and understand National Weather Service Products.