Tech program could help children learn

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Three Indiana University professors have received a $999,000 grant for a study that could lead to new technologies for education.

The grant came from the National Science Foundation.  It was awarded to Kylie Peppler and Joshua Danish in the Learning Sciences program at the IU School of Education and Armin Moczek in the Department of Biology.

The project will develop electronically enhanced puppets, or "e-puppets," that allow students to simulate biological phenomena such as honeybees collecting nectar or ants scavenging for food.

Based on their prior work, the researchers found that children as young as kindergarten can understand complex systems even though they often prove difficult for older students and adults.

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