A recent article in The Baltimore Sun explores the development of BodyVis, an e-textile shirt that allows children to see how different organs work during physical activity. BodyVis is part of a research project at the University of Maryland that is funded by the National Science Foundation.
“The big goal is to see how these types of technologies can transform learning experiences that children are able to have,” Tamara Clegg said to The Baltimore Sun.
Dr. Clegg is an assistant professor in the College of Education’s Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership, and holds a dual appointment with the College of Information Studies. She works to develop new technology and learning experiences that engage children and communities with science.
Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership doctoral candidate Virginia Byrne also works on the project and has taken BodyVis to several classrooms. “In real-time, we can see the change in their heart rate, and so can their friends,” Byrne described to The Baltimore Sun. “It’s an opportunity to immediately test their questions and do so in a way that is fun, engaging and different from the norm.”