The path from conducting cutting-edge research in materials science to developing cutting-edge approaches for student engagement in STEM fields is a logical progression of a scientist’s professional interests. This pathway has led to creating an experimental approach to curricular and pedagogical materials development, dubbed Science Cartoons (Sci-Toons), based on Multimedia Learning Theoretical Framework (MLTF). Sci-Toons are developed by groups of students (STEM and non-STEM majors), STEM and non-STEM experts, and individuals with expertise in animations. The students are provided with technical training in animation, storytelling and science. This paper describes the creative process and design structure of Sci-Toons, shares selected animation projects, and provides data on the overall viewing impacts of Sci-Toons. The Sci-Toons initiative has offered a new venue for impacting students’ engagement in STEM.
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Adetunji, O.O. UMRI Alumni: From Characterization of High Temperature Solution Growth Cr2+:CdSe to Developing Videos to Enhance Metacognition and Diversity in Materials Science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). MRS Online Proceedings Library 1762, 56–61 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1557/opl.2015.188