Reading the Code: Genetic Literacy Across the Middle School Curriculum
ACCAD Graduate Research Assistants:
Matt Marx, School of Educational Policy and Leadership
This project addresses the emerging need for genetic literacy. Through the creation of a problem-based learning computer simulation, a learning technology is provided to middle school teachers and students that crosses mathematics, science, and social studies aspects of genetics. This helps the leaders, STEM workers, and citizens of tomorrow understand the impact of the growing body of genetic knowledge and increasing capacity for genetic manipulation. To address this goal a genetic evolutionary design system was developed to serve as the platform for demonstrating genetic concepts. Appealing animated cartoon faces can be selected, mated, and mutated, allowing the evolution of traits chosen by the software user.
The Co-PI’s from the College of Education and Human Ecology provided expertise in the areas of Mathematics education (Dr. Erchick), Social Studies education (Dr. Dixson), Science education (Dr. Trundle), and the development of educational technologies (Dr. Voithofer). The Co-PIs worked with Dr. Matthew Lewis and a team of graduate students at Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD). Dr. Lewis and his graduate students have been researching, designing, and developing visual interfaces that harness genetic algorithms to create interactive evolutionary design tools for over a decade.
Project Page: http://accad.osu.edu/readingthecode/
Partners: Sherwood Middle School, Columbus City Schools & Wilson Middle School, Newark City Schools
Funding provided by: The Battelle Endowment for Technology & Human Affairs (BETHA)
Completion Date: June 30, 2011
Dr. Rick Voithofer (email@example.com)
School of Educational Policy and Leadership
College of Education and Human Ecology
104 Ramseyer Hall
29 W. Woodruff Ave
Voice (614) 247-7945 Fax (614) 292-7900
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