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Using Immersive Visualization Environments to Engage Students in Hands-On Learning
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Technical Paper
Student Technical Paper
TimeTuesday, July 2410:30am - 10:45am
DescriptionThe increased emphasis on utilization of technology across all levels of education provides opportunities to incorporate computational techniques like visualization software into science classrooms. All levels of education operate under the common goal of knowledge acquisition. The purpose of using visualization in an educational setting is to increase knowledge by making connections between students' current knowledge base, technology, and the knowledge being conferred via visualization. Our focus is on biomolecular visualization, which can be used to render informative images of DNA and proteins, as well as larger assemblies such as viruses. This content is applicable as students' progress through primary to secondary education and beyond, though it is important to match the level of presentation to the grade level and knowledge based of the students. Tools are available to generate computer-based renderings of biomolecules that can be viewed in two dimensions. In this project, we explored the application of novel, immersive visualization (virtual reality) as a way to increase student engagement and comprehension of biological concepts. To enhance the learning process and facilitate the incorporation of concepts of biomolecular structure in the classroom, we have developed resources for teachers at the primary and secondary levels. These resources include files for the visualization of structures as well as guides to facilitate scientific discussion between teachers and students. Overall, this paper will outline the rationale and process for implementing immersive visualization in education programs for various age groups to increase engagement with science curriculum, improve STEM involvement, and promote future workforce development.