2011 Annual Science Report
Arizona State University Reporting | SEP 2010 – AUG 2011
EPO Activity: EPO Formal Education, Task 3: Mixed Reality Science Cyberlearning: Experience Boxes to Bridge the Physical and Virtual Worlds
NASA EPOESS Grant Project
In April 2011, the ASU Astrobiology team was awarded the NASA EPOESS grant, “Mixed-Reality Cyberlearning: Experience Boxes to Bridge the Physical and Virtual Worlds”. This three year project involved a collaboration between, ASU Astrobiology, The Field Museum’s (Chicago, IL), the South Australia Museum, Australian Centre for Astrobiology (Univ. of New South Wales, Australia) and ASU’s Center for Meteorite Studies.
Project goals are to: 1) develop two lendable classroom kits or “Experience Boxes” for elementary-middle school students that contain hands-on objects for use with the Flinders Ranges and Upheaval Dome Virtual Field Trips, 2) create a new Virtual Field Trip of the Upheaval Dome impact structure in Southern Utah, 3) design a web interactive on meteorites and impact cratering, and 4) offer a series of online teacher professional development webinars on the use of the VFTs and Experience Boxes.
At the end of this reporting cycle, the first fossil casts and replicas have been made for the “Bizarre Animals” Experience Box and planning of the web interactive has begun with The Field Museum and Numedeon, Inc. Figures 1-3 show examples of the resin casts and reconstructions of Ediacaran fossils that are being made for the kits by the South Australia Museum.