SCIENTIFIC VISUALIZATION A GUIDE TO ENGAGING SCIENTIFIC CONTENT H Schulte

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H. Schulte(1), J Salvador(1)
(1)University of Texas at El Paso
hschulte@utep.edu/Fax:915-747-5053

Although we are capable of judging a good sports play or musical performance, we
cannot do the same without lots practice. For example, many people in the El Paso
region understand Spanish but cannot speak it. By analogy, in science education we
want to provide our students with experiences that connect visual information with
hands-on activities. To this end we are producing internet and classroom accessible
computer programs that students can use to build their own molecular model or
mathematical queries, and to construct answers to online or classroom questions. One
software model uses artificial intelligence and wireless connectivity to provide
students with online or classroom feedback. In addition, presenting and testing basic
science concepts through the use of interactive visualization activities provides yet
another model for engaging and assessing students’ understanding of math and
science and lead to greater scientific literacy in society in general.