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Title: Accessible Learning through a Multi-Sensory Augmented Reality Interface for Physical Manipulatives
Center: NCSER Year: 2020
Principal Investigator: Winter, Julia Awardee: Alchemie
Program: Small Business Innovation Research in Special Education      [Program Details]
Award Period: 8 months (06/15/2020 – 02/15/2021) Award Amount: $200,000
Type: Phase I Development Award Number: 91990020C0072

Purpose: This project developed a prototype of an augmented reality application to generate personalized formative assessment feedback as students interact with physical objects related to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) concepts, such as recognizing the shape of an atom. The prototype was designed as a multi-sensory tool to support students with visual challenges.

Project Activities: At the end of Phase I, the researchers conducted a study with 25 middle and high school students with visual impairments.

Key Outcomes: The researchers found that the prototype functioned as planned, that feedback was able to be used to gauge student progress in their learning experience, and that students believed that the product, once fully developed, would support learning about molecular modeling.

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