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About this project

SimScience is a product of the NSF project Integration of Information Age Networking and Parallel Supercomputer Simulations into University General Science and K-12 Curricula. Specifically, this material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 9523481. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
Project summary
"This project will create an alliance between the Departments of Physics and Engineering at Cornell University, the Departments of Physics and Mechanical, Aerospace and Manufacturing Engineering at Syracuse University, and the Northeast Parallel Architectures Center, to develop interactive multimedia educational modules incorporating advanced scientific simulations. These will be integrated into undergraduate courses, and then into K-12 curricula, to enhance the teaching of general science courses. We will combine leading-edge technologies in high-performance computing and communications (HPCC), a high-speed network serving as a testbed for the National Information Infrastructure (NII), and advanced client/server technologies such as the World Wide Web (WWW), VRML and Java, to produce and deliver these simulations and educational modules."
Background and existing work
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Science for the 21st Century was an innovative integrated science course in the Physics Department at Syracuse University. It was offered from Fall 1992 to Spring 2004.

The Living Schoolbook Project is a multidisciplinary project designed to demonstrate the use of leading-edge HPCC technologies in the K-12 classroom. Led by the former NPAC and the School of Education at Syracuse University, the project has combined teacher teams, software developers, education researchers, computational scientists, HPCC vendors, and information content providers to deliver digital video, images, and text to the classroom, and to prototype interactive, information-on-demand systems and their integration into K-12 curricula.

NPAC had hosted very successful Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU site program in HPCC and computational science). In the summer of 1994 NPAC taught a computer multimedia course based on the Web to 40 8th grade students as part of the Young Scholars Program at Syracuse University.

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