Principal Investigator: Dr. Kylie Peppler // Co-PIs: Drs. Joshua Danish and Armin Moczek

Project Lead: Naomi Thompson

Programmer: Shenshen Han // Writer/Editor: Janis Watson

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Complex systems are widespread and the conceptual ability to describe and examine complex-systems-related concepts is generative, supporting youth in potentially understanding a wide range of issues across domains. BioSim—a participatory simulation where young students (grades K-3) enact the roles of honeybee and army ants in biological systems through the assistance of computer-enhanced e-puppets—is designed to elevate youths’ understanding of complex systems though novel combinations of play, reflection, interaction, and exploration. This study capitalizes upon the alignment between participatory simulations and the play activities of young children, who are already apt to explore topics of interest to them through play-acting and games.

BioSim is a partnership between Peppler's Creativity Labs and Danish's RAPT Lab in the School of Education, the Moczek Lab in the College of Arts and Sciences, and the WonderLab Museum of Science, Health, and Technology.

Support for this project comes from the National Science Foundation (Grant #1324047).

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