This project will develop and study three week-long middle school lab units designed to teach spatial abilities using a blend of physical and virtual (computer-based) models. "ThinkSpace" labs will help students explore 3-dimensional astronomical phenomena in ways that will support both understanding of these topics and a more general spatial ability. Students will learn both through direct work with the lab unit interface and through succeeding discussions with their peers.
About Me (Bio):
Patricia Udomprasert is Project Director for the WorldWide Telescope Ambassadors Program at Harvard University. She holds a Ph.D. in Astronomy from Caltech and formerly taught high school astronomy, physics, and math. Her interests include science education research on technology in classrooms, especially the use of rich 3D visualizations to support spatial thinking and modeling of complex phenomena.