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Karen Viskupic and Mark Schmitz win NSF grant for Virtual Lab in Geochronology

Karen Viskupic and Mark Schmitz have teamed up with two faculty from Education Technology and Idaho Digital Learning Academy (IDLA) to design and implement innovative methods to educate Idaho students about Earth history and geologic time as part of a two-year $149,895 grant awarded to Boise State University by the National Science Foundation (NSF). ┬áThe project will utilize actual data, and students will be able to interact to decide the steps needed to take to “act as a scientist” in making the choice about what steps to take. The team will design a series of virtual learning activities to teach the science of geochronology. Idaho public school students are introduced to the concept in middle school Earth sciences classes. ┬áThe IDLA will evaluate the online assignments the team creates.