ISU to develop new display for children's museum

March 27 2006

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, how much is a three-dimensional video worth toward children's understanding of science? Faculty and staff at Indiana State University aim to find out as they use emerging 3-D visual technology to develop VizRoom, a new interactive display for the Children's Science and Technology Museum of Terre Haute.

"Visualization is a key area in science education," said Meredith Beilfuss, assistant professor of science Education at Indiana State. "This exhibit will capitalize on the relationship between Indiana State University's growing strengths in the use of visualization technology and the museum's vision of hands-on education."

While geared to the museum's primary audience of students between the ages of 5 and 12, VizRoom is designed to inform all ages. It will be developed to ensure compatibility with low-budget technology commonly used in smaller museums by informal science educators, exhibit designers and education outreach coordinators.

The Indiana Space Grant Consortium awarded Beilfuss a $15,590 grant to develop VizRoom in conjunction with David Felstein, executive director of the museum; Ed Kinley, associate vice president and chief information officer at ISU; and Ken Janz, director of instructional and research technology at the university.

James Kisiel, assistant professor of science education at California State University- Long Beach, will serve as a consultant on the project. Kisiel has worked as a museum educator and evaluator at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and has recently participated in a National Science Foundation-sponsored research project aimed at understanding museum visitors' conceptions of evolution.

The mission of the Indiana Space Grant Consortium (NASA) is to promote workforce development, formal and informal education, research, and dissemination of activities, content, and opportunities for Indiana.


Contact: Meredith Beilfuss, assistant professor, Center for Science Education, Indiana State University, (812) 237-2362 or

Writer: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Indiana State University, (812) 237-3743 or

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The Indiana Space Grant Consoritum has awarded Meredith Beilfuss, assistant professor of science education, a grant to develop an interactive three-dimenstional video display for the Children's Science and Technology Museum of Terre Haute.

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