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October 04, 2005

Young to Collaborate on Multi-disciplinary HI-FIVES Program

Photo of Dr YoungDr. Michael Young will be leading one of the teams working to implement the HI FIVES (Highly Interactive, Fun Internet Virtual Environments in Science) program, which integrates science learning, game development, and children's love of computer games. The news release announcing the project states that researchers will develop easy-to-use game creation tools and teach middle school instructors how to build compelling games that teach students science. The tools and training will allow middle school students and teachers to design and create their own 3-D video games that align with the NC Standard Course of Study in Science.

This program is expected to produce educational video games that can be distributed nationally, lead teachers who can conduct workshops for teaching other teachers how to create the video games, and an instructional guide for integrating the game-developing software into standards-based instruction. Pilot simulations of this project are expected to reach more than 4,620 middle school students within the 3-year duration of this grant.

The HI FIVES program is funded through a $1.2 million NSF grant to the College of Education. It is a collaboration of the Science Education program, Computer Science, DELTA (Distance Education and Learning Technology Applications), and the NC Department of Public Instruction. The lead Principal Investigator is Dr. Len Annetta, assistant professor of science education.

For more details, see the university News Release. It is the source of information for this article.

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