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Abstract Title: MEteor: Developing Physics Concepts through Body-Based Interaction with a Mixed Reality Simulation
Abstract: In this contributed paper we describe an NSF-funded project in which a room-sized mixed reality simulation was designed to develop middle school students' intuitions and understandings for how objects move in space. The simulation environment, called MEteor, uses laser-based motion tracking and both floor- and wall-projected imagery to encourage students to use their bodies to enact the trajectory of an asteroid as it travels in the vicinity of planets and their gravitational forces. By embedding students within a physics simulation and offering representational supports designed to connect body-based intuitions with abstract concepts and principles, the intent is to engage students in physics education at both a physical and affective level.  One of the desired outcomes is to improve students' interest and feelings of efficacy towards physics and science in general, and in this paper we describe data collected from over a hundred participants that address these outcomes.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Robb Lindgren
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
1310 S 6th St
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: 407.949.4199
and Co-Presenter(s)
Michael Tscholl, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
J. Michael Moshell, University of Central Florida