In the VELscience project, we are developing a series of six modules that immerse middle school students in virtual environments for learning (VELs), such as a base on Mars, an international space station, or a research vessel in the Pacific. Students take on the role of a scientist engaged in a complex task. The virtual settings presented in the VELs support students in designing and carrying out their own investigations. Students use virtual scientific instruments that resemble those used by scientists in the real world, but scaled to suit their age level.

The VELscience project is a collaboration of researchers at Texas A&M University and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

The development of these modules is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0628264. 

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