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Title: Bringing Science to life through a Fairy Tale

Synopsis

In science teaching we on activating students’ minds and usually we neglect their emotions. Fairy tales and storytelling have been used for centuries as an effective teaching tool mainly because they activate emotions (Plato: “Homer is the teacher of Greeks”- Bible). FANTASIA project aims at developing an educational package for the teaching of some basic scientific concepts & skills. It will be in such a form that it can be easily used by anyone regardless whether they are teachers, parents or guardians and regardless of their training. It can be used independently in class or at home, with the support of an adult. The educational material will be implemented in science classrooms as well as at homes and science centers, in participating EU countries and evaluated in regards to its educational objectives. The project outcome is represented by the book and mobile application powered by Augmented Reality contents that help to understand three science concepts for kids in K-12 grade. The basic subjects which will be addressed are the concept of the spherical earth, as a planet moving around itself & the sun, the concept of the sun, the phenomenon of the change of the day/night cycle & the explanation of floating & sinking of solid objects in the water. Moreover the students will learn how to apply the scientific method in order to evaluate their beliefs concerning the above phenomena. FANTASIA project combines story telling, scientific method (rational thinking) and AR technology (to represent scientific models).

FANTASIA project

Fantasia Project

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https://people.ucd.ie/eleni.mangina

Biography

Professor Eleni Mangina from School of Computer Science, University College Dublin, Ireland, will give a keynote at The 5th Europe-Asia Symposium on Simulation and Serious Games to be held online from 10-11 Dec, 2020. 

Prof Eleni Mangina carried out her PhD work at the University of Strathclyde (UK), Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, working on Agent-based applications for intelligent data interpretation under the supervision of Prof. Jim McDonald. The research area ed on software analysis, design and development of multi agent systems, which utilise different Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques (Knowledge based systems, Artificial Neural Networks, Case Based Reasoning systems and Model based Reasoning systems). Eleni Mangina holds an M.Sc. in Artificial Intelligence from the Department of Artificial Intelligence at University of Edinburgh in the UK.

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