Saturday, May 28, 2011

Collaborative Simulations: Combining Science and Social Networking

Proud of the team of students at Heritage High School in Virginia, Ouchi High School in Los Angeles and Colts Neck High School in New Jersey who took on a biomechanics research problem and worked on using online collaboration tools. The biology team, led by Amol Patel, prepared the following presentation on muscle mechanics:

SimInsights Biology Team Presentation

The math team, led by Ajoy Vase, prepared the following video describing the math behind long jump:

The physics team, led by Joseph Santonacita, created the following four videos describing the force and motion concepts to their math and biology counterparts:

This multidisciplinary collaborative simulation project was conducted according to the Project Based Learning (PBL) framework. The teams used Google docs for collaborative document creation, Skype for teleconferencing and SimInsights for collaborative simulation, among others. The slides used for presentation at National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) conference in March 2011 in San Francisco are available here.

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