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CISE Goes to Grace Hopper

The Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering Department of the University of Florida sponsored several students to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration this past October 4th - 6th in Orlando, FL! Several INIT members were able to attend (Dr. Lisa Anthony, Aishat Aloba, and Annie Luc) and experience the inspiring talks from amazing women leaders in technology. This year, there were 18000 people in attendance! It was incredible to be surrounded by such an amazing group of women and men dedicated to promoting women empowerment in technology.

TIDESS Museum Learning Project Update: Iterative Prototyping

Check out our recent blog post on the TIDESS website!

TIDESS Museum Learning Project Update: Grant Funding and Prototype Changes!

Since the last update , we have been funded by the National Science Foundation under the Advancing Informal STEM Learning program (Check out this blog post!)! This funding will enable TIDESS to investigate how children and adults can engage with data visualizations about science concepts on touch-interactive spherical displays. To support this investigation, we’ve changed our project name to TIDESS (Touch Interaction for Data Engagement with Science on Spheres).

IPES Museum Learning Project Update: User Study

Since the last update, we’ve completed the first iteration of the IPES Museum Learning Project prototype and deployed it at the Florida Museum of Natural History (FLMNH) in an observational user study (http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/). The goal of this project is to explore the ways that users interact with the prototype to discover ways to make a better interactive exhibit for science museum contexts.

IPES Museum Learning Project Update: Continued Prototyping and User Study

The IPES Museum Learning Project prototype has been substantially improved and almost ready for the first deployment since the last update. We are preparing to use the prototype in the Florida Museum of Natural History for an observational user study. We will be exploring the ways that users interact with the prototype to discover ways to make a better interactive exhibit. The current prototype supports the standard touchscreen gestures: tap, swipe, rotate, pinch, zoom, etc. and displays information about ocean temperatures.

IPES Museum Learning Project Update: Continued Prototyping

The IPES Museum Learning Project prototype is developing substantially since the last update. We are currently improving the prototype tabletop display to explore ways to make a great interactive exhibit. We are in the process of improving lag issues and building features such as gestures and aesthetic structures to engage the user. Continuing to use the observations collected at the Oregon Hatfield Marine Science Center, we’ve begun to define gestures that would be tested by users, such as tapping, zooming, pinching, and rotating.

IPES Museum Learning Project Update: Data Aggregation

Last time we talked about this project [Museum Learning Blog Post], we were in the process of organizing the observational data collected from the Oregon Hatfield Marine Science Center on museum visitors interacting with touch-enabled exhibits on the touch table and touch wall. At this point, we have identified all visitor groups that we have audio interviews, video footage, demographic data, and observation notes for, as well as some groups that we have only some of the above for.

IPES Museum Learning Project Update: Video Data Examination

The purpose of this project is to design better interactive touchscreen exhibits to support learning in a museum environment. In our current study, we are examining different interactive platforms in the Hatfield Marine Science Center to analyze museum interactions. Over the previous summer, Drs. Anthony and Stofer visited the Science Center in Oregon and gathered preliminary data of museum visitors over a one-week period.

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