The Zydeco Project is investigating how to bridge formal and informal environments (e.g. classrooms and museums) using mobile technology to help middle school students perform nomadic science inquiry.
The system is composed of three parts:
A mobile multimedia data collection and annotation application for the iPhone/ iPod Touch
An iPad application to review and construct scientific arguments with the data collected
A website for setting up investigations as well as reviewing the collected data
Multiple field studies using Zydeco have been conducted in local schools with students (aged 10-14) visiting The Henry Ford Museum, the Michigan Science Center, and the University of Michigan Exhibit Museum of Natural History. Zydeco is available
for free on the App Store.
This project was initially funded by Grant Opportunities [Collaborative Spaces] through the University of Michigan Digital Media Commons and is currently funded by NSF Grant No. DRL-102002.