Activation Lab

The Learning Activation Lab is a national research and design effort to dramatically strengthen learning in the United States and beyond. Our goal is to first explore and then demonstrate how educators can activate children’s and young adults’ interest and curious minds in ways that can ignite their persistent engagement in learning and innovation. Our work spans multiple disciplines and considers the combinations of dispositions, skills, and knowledge that can best position individuals for success in learning within those disciplines.

The Research Group continues to build on the research of the Learning Activation Lab, examining the ways in which learning experiences can activate interest and curiosity among youth. Further, that lab has created a web-based toolkit, called ActApp to support organizations, researchers, and evaluators in using Activation as a way to measure programmatic outcomes and to understand the experience of their learners.