RAPT Lab: Representations, Activity, Play, and Technology Lab

Projects: BioSim

Project logo for BioSim

Our goal in the BioSim project is to help early elementary students (k-2) explore complex systems concepts by engaging in participatory simulations where they take on the role of honeybees (BeeSim) or ants (AntSim) foraging for food. To support students in embodying these roles, they work with electronic puppets that help track their food collection activities and provide real-time feedback to them.

Our research has focused on how first person and third person experiences of the system support students’ learning, and how they transfer their ideas to new contexts (e.g., moving from bees to ants).

You can see more about BioSim here:

Funding for the the iterations of the BioSim Project

Grant Name Funding Agency Grant Number Co-PIs
DIP: BioSim: Developing a Wearable Toolkit for Teaching Complex Science Through Embodied Play NSF 0018093000 Joshua Danish, Kylie Peppler, Armin Moczek

Publications on the BioSim Project