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Brian Drayton and Gilly Puttick

— The Innovate to Mitigate Project. Cambridge, MA: TERC. 2016.


The Innovate to Mitigate project designed and conducted a competition for students aged 13-18 to propose and test strategies for mitigating rising levels of greenhouse gases. Using an activity theory approach, this paper explores the scientific inquiry and interdisciplinary learning of a 12th grade high school team over 6 months of participation. An activity-theoretic approach seems promising as a framework for capturing and analyzing the structure of a learning system situated within a science competition, since it provides a lens both for finding and analyzing team learning, and for revealing the process by which learning is mediated by the activity system.

Paper accepted for presentation at the American Educational Research Association annual meeting, San Antonio TX, 2017.