I Dig Science

Global Kids with the Field Museum of Chicago conducted a series of innovative "virtual fossil digs" in a program called "I Dig Science." Starting in 2008, groups of high schoolers in New York City and Chicago have gone into the virtual world to learn about science, evolution, and biology, as well as the complex social and cultural issues of a particular country. Combining various digital media, live online chats with scientists in the field, immersive virtual games and activities, and real world trips and roleplays, I Dig Science created a rich, multi-layered learning environment for teens.

A Cross Case Analysis of Two Out-of-School Programs Based on Virtual Worlds 

A new article has been released discussing the programming Global Kids has led in virtual worlds. You can read the abstract and download the article below.  

National Writing Project Digital Is Conference 

Global Kids and the Field Museum presented at the National Writing Project Digital Is conference in Philadelphia a few years ago. Below is the video of the presentation, in which the I Dig Science project is explained in detail. Global Kids leader Amana speaks her experience participating in the program. The video documents the development of the project, what it meant for participants to be part of it, and how it was conceived both by Global Kids and The Field Museum. It is one of the best overall descriptions of the program.

Final Session of I Dig Brazil: Teens Present Their Scientific Findings! 

NY James' Theory from Global Kids on Vimeo.

Yesterday was the final session of "I Dig Brazil." Teens at the Field Museum in Chicago and at the High School for Global Citizenship in Brooklyn presented together over Skype to an audience of their parents, real life scientists, and the staff of Global Kids and the Field Museum. It was a critical "stand and deliver" moment for all of our teens, and they did great!


1)if the environment changes rapidaly the speices will die out and eventully well die.

2)Hmans adapat to their environment by having a weapon .So in case if some one attacks you can protect yourself.

iDig Brazil Day 7 

I believe it is important to conserve water because the water that we have isn't much water that we can consume.

I conserve water by limiting my time in water activities and I don't leave water running.

science is important for studying and adapting to climate change because without science we would not know what to do when a certain climate change happens for example the hail storm New York had this past Columbus day

I Dig Brazil Youth Learning Maps 

moira learning map
So far, the I Dig Brazil teens in New York have already connected with youth in Chicago and university students in Brazil via Skype, collaborated with each other on building an interactive map of Piaui, explored the excitement of virtual worlds through Second Life, went backstage at the American Museum of Natural History for an interview with one of the scientists traveling to Brazil who gave us a private tour of prehistoric fossils... and it's only the second week!

Our youth have been doing some very exciting things in the "I Dig Brazil" program, one of which is creating their very own learning maps which helps them conceptualize all of the various places in which they learn. It never ceases to amaze me how wise our youth are. They’ve included the basics of learning such as “high school” and “my teachers”, but they’ve also included references to more personal and profound things, like, “my experience traveling abroad” and “my mistakes”.

I Dig Brazil Begins! 

View I Dig Brazil: Piauí, Maranhão & Tocantins in a larger map
This week was the beginning of "I Dig Brazil," the third installment in our successful "I Dig Science" camps that Global Kids has been running for the past two years with our friends at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. My colleague Santi and I are excited to be running "I Dig Brazil" at the High School for Global Citizenship in Brooklyn, a great public school where each student is expected to not only achieve academic excellence but also to learn about global issues and global citizenship.

I Dig Brazil Recruitment Flyer 

I Dig Brazil FlyerOur friends at the Field Museum shared with us this cute recruitment flyer for our Fall program "I Dig Brazil" that we are running with them.

I Dig Brazil is an innovative digital learning program geared toward teaching about science -- specifically paleontology and biology -- and critical global issues -- such as climate change, biodiversity, and cultural preservation -- using an immersive 3D virtual environment and a web-based e-learning platform. The program will involve a group of New York high schoolers working virtually with another group of teens at the Field Museum in Chicago to complete various online and offline activities. The focus will be on Brazil, coinciding with a Field Museum-sponsored scientific expedition to that country searching for ancient fossils.

I Dig Brazil builds upon two years of experience conducting other "I Dig Science" virtual camps: the first in 2008 called "I Dig Tanzania" and the second in 2009 called "I Dig Zambia."

We'll be posting more info soon as we get closer to launching I Dig Brazil!

[press] MacArthur Spotlight Blog Features "I Dig Science" Program 

The MacArthur Foundation's Spotlight blog recently featured a video story on the "I Dig Science" program conducted by Global Kids and the Field Museum of Chicago this past summer. Produced by Benjamin Wolff.

See the complete video on the MacArthur Spotlight Blog.