Virtual Physics Laboratory

Award Information
Agency: Department of Education
Branch: N/A
Contract: ED-07-CO-0040
Agency Tracking Number: ED-07-CO-0040
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: errd080008
Small Business Information
105 Carmel Road, Wheeling, WV, 26003
DUNS: 556059728
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jeanne Finstein
 (304) 242-0341
Business Contact
 Jeanne Finstein
Phone: (304) 242-0341
Research Institution
Polyhedron Learning Media, Inc., Wheeling, WV, will create a prototype of a Virtual Physics Laboratory - an online, virtual physics lab experience for college level and/or advanced placement high school physics classes. Each online lab will be comprehensive – containing everything students need to conduct a physics laboratory experiment, including animations, brief video clips, and simulated laboratory equipment and data collection tools that allow the students to perform all phases of the experiment (experimental setup and operation; data collection, analysis, and reporting; and teacher review and evaluation). Because the students will collect real data, typical measurement errors will be observed, allowing the students to use standard data analysis techniques to report on their own unique data, just as if the experiment had been performed using actual laboratory equipment. The lab experiments will be assignable and gradable electronically and will be designed to integrate with existing web-based grade-management systems. Testing of the prototype will be conducted with college-level physics students to ensure that the Virtual Physics Laboratory is user-friendly, engaging, and at least as effective in relaying physics concepts as a comparable hands-on lab.

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