Sensory Immersive Microworlds for Science Teaching

Jorge Fonseca TrindadeCarlos Fiolhais

Virtual reality has been recently employed in a few educational applications. In order to explore this technology in an educational setting, we are developing a virtual environment, called "Virtual Water", which consists in a series of three-dimensional environments. This paper focuses on the interactive and learner-centered design of "Virtual Water". We are exploring the potential utility of sensory immersive interfaces for enhancing the learning of molecular concepts in Physics and Chemistry. Additionally, we provide multiple representations of molecular phenomena by allowing students to experiment various perspectives. We highlight educational contents and emphasize technology considerations which we think are important for designing these type of educational microworlds.

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