Life on Earth

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Life on Earth, a collaborative National Science Foundation-funded project, will provide playful access to databases that contain scientific knowledge about the diverse living species. The learning activities will be designed for social-play environments, and will include interactive Tree of Life visualization. This project will develop, evaluate and disseminate a set of activities and games for learning the history of life on earth and evolutionary concepts through a multi-touch, multi-user kinesthetic learning experience.

Project Team:

Chia Shen (PI), Director SDR Lab,School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University
Judy Diamond (Co-PI), Professor and Curator, University of Nebraska State Museum
Margaret Evans (Co-PI), Assistant Research Scientist, Center for Human Growth and Development, University of Michigan
Michael Horn (Co-PI), Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Learning Sciences, Northwestern University
Florian Block (Postdoc Fellow), SDR Lab, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University
Brenda Caldwell Phillips (Postdoc Fellow), SDR Lab, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University
Sebastian Velez (Postdoc Fellow), SDR Lab, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University
Chris Chua (Visiting Student), SDR Lab, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University
Azalea Vo (Student Intern), SDR Lab, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University
Jim Hammerman (External Evaluator), Senior Researcher & Evaluator, TERC
Amy Spiegel (Senior Personnel), Research Associate Professor, Center for Instructional Innovation, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Science Advisors:

Gonzalo Giribet, James Hanken, Hopi E. Hoekstra, Jonathan Losos, David Mindell, Mark Westneat.


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