A VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENT WORKSTATION FOR ENERGY EDUCATION

Period of Performance: 01/01/1993 - 12/31/1993

$73K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Gaertner W W Research, Inc.
140 WATER ST
Norwalk, CT 06854
Principal Investigator

Abstract

THE PLANNED PROJECT TO DEVELOP A VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENTAL WORKSTATION FOR ENERGY EDUCATION (VEWEE) WILL INCLUDE DEMONSTRATING VIABILITY OF A VIRTUAL REALITY WORKSTATION FOR SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES USING MULTISENSORY FEEDBACK. THE VEWEE SYSTEM WILL PROVIDE COMPUTER GENERATED IMAGES IN A VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENT AS WELL AS AUDIO AND TACTILE FEEDBACK. AS PART OF THE PHASE I CONCEPT DEFINITION PHASE, TWO ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS WITH THE COOPERATIVE PRECOLLEGE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM AT DOE'S CONTINUOUS ELECTRON BEAM FACILITY (CEBAF) IN NEWPORT NEWS, VIRGINIA WILL BE CONDUCTED. THESE ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS WILL FOCUS ON DEFINING COURSEWARE (SOFTWARE) FOR THE VEWEE BASED ON THE NEEDS OF THE CEBAF EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM STAFF AND CEBAF SELECTED UNIVERSITY PARTNERS. THE ULTIMATE GOAL OF THIS DEVELOPMENT PROJECT IS TO PROVIDE AN AFFORDABLE VIRTUAL REALITY WORKSTATION AND USEFUL COURSEWARE THAT CAN BE USED AT THE MIDDLE AND SECONDARY SCHOOL LEVELS.