Highlights from the Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum (LVM) Transmedia Project

Infuse PositivityThis summer NGCP invited programs to participate in a pilot project with the Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum (LVM). The LVM is a transmedia hub for 2-D and 3-D collections, online games, simulations, and virtual worlds highlighting Smithsonian art and science collections as they relate to U.S. Latinos. 

Selected projects were given access to the LVM Teacher Toolkit, which is now available for free on iTunes University, and piloted activities from the "Eco Explorers: Mi Tierra, Mi Mundo" module. In Eco Explorers youth learn about the watershed by experiencing a bilingual immersive virtual experience and then making connections to their local watershed through hands on activities. On October 2, 2014 two of the participating programs, Infuse Positivity and Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest, joined LVM for a NGCP webinar to celebrate the launch of the toolkit and share best practices for integrating this amazing collection of transmedia resources into STEM programming.

Here are a few highlights of what we heard from participants in the pilot:

Girls Inc

The LVM Teacher Toolkit gives youth an opportunity to connect lessons from the curriculum to everyday life and share their knowledge with their community.

The Eco Explorers module is a great way to introduce a project-based idea that focuses on the local watershed. The module also provides opportunities to incorporate local resources and build local partnerships.

The youth in the pilot programs loved the Eco Explorers game and microsite!

Thanks to Infuse Positivity and Girls Inc for sharing during the webinar and throughout the pilot!