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Digital Technology Program Could Be WAVE Of The Future

The Museum's Center for Interactive Learning, received a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct a digital technology called Digital WAVE: Warming Winds and Water, in collaboration with Miami Dade College and University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. The project is led by Dr. Judy Brown, Senior Vice President for Education, as Principal Investigator and Ted Myers, Senior Director of Science and Technology, as Co-Principal Investigator.

Helene Pinto’s avatar seeks inspiration from a virtual underwater habitat.

Digital WAVE recruits students in grades 9 through 11 who are traditionally underrepresented in science and technology fields. The program addresses critical workforce needs in the field of digital technology, while exploring the use of 3D virtual worlds as a way of investigating and communicating science concepts. With NSF support in the amount of $1.18 million over three years, the Museum is creating and testing a model for preparing youth to pursue IT-intensive science careers.

During the academic year, Digital WAVE participants learn 3D graphic design, animation, and online communication skills during Saturday Design Studios at MDC’s School of Entertainment and Design Technology. Bianca Amaya, a tenth grader who joined the project this year, commented, “This class is a window to the future. We can see what it’s like to actually do this as a career.”

Greggory Hyppolite uses an avatar to investigate science resources in Second Life.

Greggory Hyppolite uses an avatar to investigate science resources in Second Life.

This summer, participants will collaborate with professional 3D designers to create simulations that explore the impacts of climate change on South Florida. They will also conduct interviews with real scientists and visit labs and field sites as they learn about ongoing research projects in the field of climate science and gain insight into related careers. Students’ final products will be launched in the online environment known as Teen Second Life, potentially reaching tens of thousands of youth worldwide. Over three years, the project will explore topics such as coral reef bleaching, hurricane intensification, and sea level changes.

The Miami Science Museum has long been a leader in the application of new and emerging digital technologies to support informal science learning, with previous grants from the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Education, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, AT&T, and the MetLife Foundation supporting our pioneering work in this area.

The Museum's Center for Interactive Learning, received a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct a digital technology called Digital WAVE: Warming Winds and Water, in collaboration with Miami Dade College and University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. The project is led by Dr. Judy Brown, Senior Vice President for Education, as Principal Investigator and Ted Myers, Senior Director of Science and Technology, as Co-Principal Investigator.

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