Kids’ Survey Network (KSN) is dedicated to a critical educational mission: promoting the responsible and successful use of data by future citizens and workers. KSN aims to investigate and demonstrate how substantial contact time in out-of-school settings can translate into high-quality STEM learning.
KSN is an online learning environment that enables kids aged 11-14 to use surveys to answer their own questions about the experiences and perspectives of their peers, and to address issues of concern in their own communities. KSN combines project-based learning, game play, team-oriented activities, and individual choice to engage kids in authentic survey research. KSN materials address key components of the Framework for 21st Century Learning as well as national math, science, and technology standards.
The KSN web application includes tools for creating and administering online questionnaires; for manipulating, exploring, and analyzing data; and for constructing culminating presentations. Single- and multi-player games (developed by Tertl Studios and The Education Arcade) are embedded throughout the program to help kids develop skills and concepts they need to successfully complete their survey projects.
During the pilot phase of the project, KSN had five After-School and Out-of-School Time (ASOST) partners: the GO-GIRL project, Citizen Schools, 4-H, Girls-Inc of New Hampshire, and the Girls to Women Club in East Palo Alto, California. We are now looking for additional out-of-school education providers to test KSN materials.