About EDC (Education Development Center, Inc.)

Founded in 1958, Education Development Center, Inc., is a nonprofit research and development organization that tackles some of the world’s most urgent challenges in education, health, and economic development. Often in collaboration with public and private partners, EDC’s 1,200 staff members design, deliver, and evaluate program innovations in the United States and around the world. EDC’s diverse projects—supported by a variety of organizations including U.S. and foreign gov¬ernment agencies, private foundations, nonprofit organizations, universities, and corporations—are united by the conviction that learning is the liberating force in human development. From in-depth research to district- and country-wide reform initiatives, EDC programs expand the boundaries of what is possible for all learners. In more than 35 countries and all 50 U.S. states—in schools, universities, museums, hospitals, clinics, the juvenile justice system, workplaces, and community agencies—EDC programs offer assistance, support, and resources.

About the Author

Bernard (Bernie) Zubrowski is a retired senior research scientist at EDC. He was the co-principal investigator of the National Infrastructure for After-School Science Investigation project (NPASS) and Using Informal Explorations of Living Phenomena to Enhance Science Learning, out of which came Exploring Trees and Ponds. He also served as the principal investigator of Explore It! Science Investigations in Out-of-School Programs and Design It! Engineering in After School Programs to develop activities for out-of-school programs. He was the principal investigator of the curriculum program Models in Technology and Science, which resulted in the development of eight extended investigations. In addition, he worked on A World in Motion II, which presents three engineering challenges for middle school students. Bernie has designed eight exhibits for the Boston Children’s Museum; these exhibits traveled to science centers in the United States through a program of the Association of Science and Technology Centers. Karen Acerno of 4-H New Hampshire and Erica Quigley of the Boston Nature Center contributed to this program by testing the activities with youth and made important recommendations and changes that were incorporated into the final versions of the activities.