We are developing teaching modules about nanotechnology for grades 7-12 to address the national need to attract, train and educate K-12 students in STEM fields, particularly targeting nanontechnology, which is a growing area of research and development. These modules consist of interactive virtual reality environments with haptics, simulating the world from the human- down to the nano-scale. Our modules inherently incorporate 3 different learning techniques to improve learning and interest in nanotechnology: (1) active learning, (2) the use of multiple modalities, and (3) the use of haptics. In addition, we are developing, in parallel, teaching modules that will be accessible to one underrepresented group that cannot use the original modules, students who are blind and visually impaired. To engage these students, we will use haptics combined with sonification and voice information.
VCU Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems Center (TBIMS)
Drs. Kreutzer & Cifu awarded funding for the VCU Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems Center (TBIMS)
Facilitating Employment for Youth with Autism: A Replication Study of an Internship Model to Identify Evidence Based Practices
Paul Wehman, Ph.D. has received a 5 year, Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project (DRRP) on Facilitating Employment for Youth with Autism.