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  • Seventh-graders learn astrophysics through mixed-reality computer simulation

    MEteor, an interactive computer simulation, teaches middle school students about gravity and planetary motion in an immersive, whole-body environment. From left, doctoral student Shuai Wang and Robb Lindgren, a professor of educational psychology and of curriculum and instruction, found in a recent study that the astronomy games whole-body learning activities were linked with significant learning gains, greater student engagement and more positive attitudes toward science.

    MEteor, an interactive computer simulation, teaches middle school students about gravity and planetary motion in an immersive, whole-body environment. From left, doctoral student Shuai Wang and Robb Lindgren, a professor of curriculum and instruction and of educational psychology, found in a recent study that the astronomy game’s whole-body learning activities were linked with significant learning gains, greater student engagement and more positive attitudes toward science.

    Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

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  • Editor’s notes: To reach Robb Lindgren, email robblind@illinois.edu

    To reach Shuai (“Sam”) Wang, email shuai.derek.wang@gmail.com

    The paper “Enhancing learning and engagement through embodied interaction within a mixed reality simulation” is available online from ScienceDirect or from the News Bureau