CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - An education researcher at the University of Virginia is getting a $1.35 million grant to help students connect science to the real world.
Jennifer Chiu is an assistant professor at the Charlottesville university's Curry School of Education. She and a colleague at a non-profit educational technology lab in Massachusetts have received a grant from the National Science Foundation to create new kinds of science lab activities that give students greater understanding of subject matters.
The researchers are creating labs that combine hands-on experience with computer simulations. For example, one of the labs will allow students to design their own model homes to investigate how heat flows through a house.
The labs will be implemented this fall in several high schools in Massachusetts and Virginia, including Albemarle County.
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