University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Concord Consortium
GRASP (Gesture Augmented Simulations for Supporting Explanations)
This EHR Core Research project examines how body movement supports student reasoning about critical science concepts that have unseen structures and unobservable mechanisms (e.g., molecular interactions). Specifically, the project seeks to identify types of body motion that support causal explanations for observable phenomena, what are referred to as Embodied Explanatory Expressions (EEEs). Later phases of this project are exploring whether identified EEEs can be integrated into the control structures of online simulations utilizing available motion sensing input devices (e.g., Microsoft Kinect, Leap Motion).