STTR Phase II: Lifelike Virtual Tutors to Support Authentic Learning

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0620486
Agency Tracking Number: 0441586
Amount: $497,843.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2006
Solitcitation Year: 2004
Solitcitation Topic Code: IT
Solitcitation Number: NSF 04-551
Small Business Information
VCOM3D, Inc.
3452 Lake Lynda Drive, Orlando, FL, 32817
Duns: N/A
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Edward Sims
 Dr
 (407) 737-7309
 eds@vcom3d.com
Business Contact
 Edward Sims
Title: Dr
Phone: (407) 737-7309
Email: eds@vcom3d.com
Research Institution
 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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