STTR Phase II: Lifelike Virtual Tutors to Support Authentic Learning

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$497,843.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
0620486
Award Id:
74539
Agency Tracking Number:
0441586
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
3452 Lake Lynda Drive, Orlando, FL, 32817
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
EdwardSims
Dr
(407) 737-7309
eds@vcom3d.com
Business Contact:
EdwardSims
Dr
(407) 737-7309
eds@vcom3d.com
Research Institute:
TERC Inc
Judy Vesel
2067 MA Ave
Cambridge, MA, 02140
(617) 547-0430
Federally funded R&D center (FFRDC)
Abstract
This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase II project will develop proof-of-concept, Web- or CD-delivered Virtual Reality (VR) simulations that incorporate lifelike virtual tutors, capable of demonstrating and performing science experiments and communicating in written or spoken English or sign language, for Grades 5-8 curricula. This project provides an opportunity to broaden participation of under-represented groups in authentic learning experiences, through the use of lifelike virtual tutor avatars. Originally conceived as a means to explain concepts visually and with sign language to deaf students with low English skills, these virtual tutors will benefit a broader range of learners who are otherwise isolated by language or reading barriers, or by lack of access to laboratory equipment.

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