Track: Invited Speakers

Title Using Virtual Worlds as a Tool for Project-Based Learning
Author(s): Sharon Bowers
Moderator(s):Phelan Corrimal
Date Saturday, March 17 06:00
Location: Central Auditorium

Peek inside two project-based programs within NIAUniverse: daVinci Worlds and the RealWorld-InWorld NASA Engineering Design Challenge (RWIW).

Within daVinci Worlds, middle and high school students team to synthesize and organize their learning by constructing knowledge spaces in this virtual world setting. In RWIW, college engineering students virtually mentor middle and high school students to refine NASA-inspired engineering design solutions. Steps of the engineering design process are displayed and models built InWorld. For those interested, a tour of NIAUniverse will follow this presentation. To join the tour, you will need to download NIAUniverse. Temporary usernames/passwords will be shared.

Please note: NIAUniverse is built within ActiveWorlds. This program is Windows-based.

Virginia Beach City Public Schools:

RealWorld-InWorld NASA Engineering Design Challenge:

National Institute of Aerospace:

Bio(s): Sharon Bowers:

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