Science Through Technology Enhanced Play

Augmented Reality Learning Environment

Professor Noel Enyedy, Ph.D. Graduate School of Education & Information Studies

Participants: Primary classrooms

Key Words: Modeling, Science Education, Augmented Reality

This project has developed two science units–states of matter and pollination–that employ commercially available sensing equipment to support early elementary science classrooms to use play to model and simulate science concepts. The National Science Foundation, has awarded the team two follow up grants to add additional features such as the integration of iPads and more interactivity. The research findings of this study will inform the field about the ways in which young students can engage in authentic scientific modeling, and the ways that technological tools can enhance this process. Furthermore, the research findings will demonstrate how students’ play activities can be leveraged to support academic learning activities in developmentally appropriate ways.