MCU To Participate in 2018 NSF’s Stem for All Video Showcase

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, May 15, 2018 — Angélica López Fraire, Assistant Professor at Marymount California University is featured in the 2018 STEM for All Video Showcase hosted by the National Science Foundation. Barbara Rogoff Distinguished Professor at UCSC  and Lucía Alcalá Assistant Professor at CSU Fullerton are co-presenters.

López Fraire’s team’s 3-minute research video, “Learning by Helping,” shows California children’s helpfulness to an instructor in a science activity. The most helpful children were from Mexican immigrant families without much schooling.  They spontaneously helped a science instructor, and their mothers reported that they usually pitch in to help voluntarily at home.

The researchers speculate that helping others may be a power motivator for children to engage in science— especially for children from underrepresented backgrounds. Although teachers often discourage children from helping them, changing classroom practices could help to broaden children’s participation in science, according to the researchers.

The event is online May 14th -21st at During this week, viewers are invited to vote for their favorite video and join the online discussion of the videos.

Videos from this research team have taken top public awards in the previous two years.  For the 2017 competition, their video focused on the sophisticated collaboration of Mexican-heritage and Indigenous American children.

In 2016, the video drew attention to keen attention among Indigenous and Mexican-heritage children.

Research projects presented in the video were funded by the National Science Foundation and the University of California.

Now in its fourth year, the NSF showcase features over 200 innovative projects aimed at improving STEM learning and teaching. The videos highlight initiatives for students of all ages – kindergarten through graduate school, as well as for adult learners.


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