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On the Exploration of Game-Based Learning in STEM Education with the Development and Application of Virtual Reality Course Modules

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

Publication Date

June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

End Date

June 28, 2017

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Electrical and Computer Division Technical Session 2

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Electrical and Computer

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Lei Zhang University of Maryland, Eastern Shore

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Dr. Lei Zhang received his Ph.D. Degree in Electrical Engineering on 2011 from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Since 2012 he is working in the Department of Engineering and Aviation Sciences, University of Maryland Eastern Shore. His main research interests include image processing, autonomous system, optical SoC/NoC architecture, and on-chip optoelectronic device design.

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Benjamin Earl Whiteley

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Dinesh K. Sharma University of Maryland, Eastern Shore


Ibibia K. Dabipi University of Maryland, Eastern Shore

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I. K. Dabipi has been in academia for approximately 26 years during which he worked for Bellcore, AT&T Bell Labs and Southern University. He was the Chair of the Electrical Engineering Department at Southern University from 1997 to 2001. He was Professor and Chair of the Engineering and Aviation Science Department at University of Maryland Eastern Shore from 2001 - 2006. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Engineering and Aviation Sciences at University of Maryland Eastern Shore.His research interests are in the areas of Computer Security and Network Management, Parallel Computing and Algorithms Development, Performance Evaluation of Computer Networks, Optimization of Transportation Networks, and Economic Analysis of Transportation Facilities and Human factors in Aviation Security. He is a member of ASEE, HKN, ACM and a senior member of IEEE

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Willie L. Brown Jr University of Maryland, Eastern Shore

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Dr. Willie Brown is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering and Aviation Sciences at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne, Maryland. He earned his Ph.D. in Business Administration with a specialization in Homeland Security Leadership and Policy (Aviation Safety and Security) with a joint doctoral program from Northcentral University and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Science; and a Master’s degree in Software Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He also received dual degrees with a Bachelor of Science, in Aviation Science, and a Bachelor of Science, in Computer Science. In addition, he is a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) licensed private pilot and earned a Management Development Graduate Certification from Harvard University.

He has worked in various capacities for the Office of Naval Research (ONR), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the North Carolina Department of Transportation in the Division of Aviation. He serves as the Vice President of Administration of the Eastern North Carolina IEEE for Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society. He has authored and co-authored publications for both national and international peer-reviewed journals with conference proceedings involving aviation and engineering education.

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Weiwei Zhu University of Maryland, Eastern Shore

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Biographical Sketch
Department of Math & CS
University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Weiwei Zhu, PhD Princess Anne, MD 21853
Phone: (410) 621 – 2376

(a) Professional Preparation

Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics University of Missouri-St. Louis July 2009
M.S. in Computer Science University of Missouri-St. Louis May 2002
Ph.D. Course Work in Statistics Northern Illinois University August 1999 - May 2000
M.A. in Applied Mathematics Truman State University May 1999
B.A. in Electronics Engineering Harbin Uni. of Science & Technology, July 1989

(b) Appointments

Assistant Professor of Mathematics, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, 2011- present
Visiting Assis Professor of Mathematics, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, 2010 – 2011
Visiting Assis Professor of Mathematics, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 2009 – 2010
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Dept. of Math & CS, Uni. of Missouri St. Louis, 2000 – 2009
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Dept of Math, Northern Illinois University, 1999 – 2000
Graduate Research Assistant, Dept. of Math & CS, Truman State University,1997 – 1999
Director of CAD Laboratory, Institute of Technology, PANDA Electronics Co., Ltd, 1995 – 1997
Electronic Engineer, Institute of Technology, PANDA Electronics Co., Ltd, 1995 – 1997
Assistant Electronic Engineer, Institute of Technology, PANDA Electronics Co., Ltd, 1989 – 1996

(c) Publications
Five publications closely related to the project

[1] W. Zhu & W. He, “Wavelet Tight Frames for linear NURBs: Intervals”, Essays on Mathematics and Statistics, Volume 4, Athens Institute for Education and Research, November 2013.
[2] W. Zhu, “The multilevel structures of NURBs and NURBlets on intervals: Monograph on NUMBlets
modeling,” ISBN: 978-3-659-19291-3, Lambert Academic Publishing, Germany, November 2012.
[3] W. Zhu, “Natural Cubic B-Splines Structure at the boundaries,” International Journal of Science & Information, 2(3), 2012, pp. 34 – 40.
[4] W. Zhu, “Existence condition for tight frame wavelets on NURBs: bounded,” International Journal of Science & Technology, 1(1), 2011.
[5] B. Li, W. Zhu & Q. Jiang, “Analysis and Design of Quadrilateral/Triangular Subdivision Schemes”, Computer Aided Geometric Design, 26 (2009), pp. 904-922

Five Additional Selected Publications
[1] F. Lin, K. Sookhanaphibarn & W. Zhu, “Observation of tsunami radiation at Tohoku by remote sensing”, Science of Tsunami Hazards, 30(4), 2011, pp. 223 -232.
[2] W. Zhu, D. Ukaivbe, “Simulation data with Bezier Curve with Subdivision Scheme”,
International Conference of Emerging Trends & Developments in Science Management &
Technology, Raj Kumar Goel Institute of Technology, Ghaziabad, U.P., India, March, 2013
[3] F. Lin, K. Sookhanaphibarn & W. Zhu, “Overview tsunami detection by remote sensing,” IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, IGARSS, Munich, Germany, July 2012.
[4] W. Zhu & W. He, “Wavelet tight frames for linear NURBs,” 5th Annual International Conference on Mathematics, Athens, Greece, June 2011.
[5] W. He & W. Zhu, “Hierarchy structure of non-uniform rational B-Splines in multiresolution analysis: bounded intervals,” Journal of Global Information Technology, 5(1), 2010, pp. 34 – 44.


“STEM Game and Project Based Learning (SGPBL) Program,” CPI, $428,098, Funded by US Department of Education, October 2016

(e) Synergistic Activities

(i) Students
- Undergraduate research advisor:
(1) Dafe Ukaivbe and Salamahn Mills, Dept. of Math & CS, Fall 2012 ~ present
Research: Simulation in Modeling Data with Subdivisions in Matlab.
(2) BreAsia Deal, LSAMP-URF Fellowship, Fall 2013
Research: Tsunami Early Warning System
(3) Kenneth Nuemeta & Djomo Celine, UMES Honors Program, Fall 2013
Research: Tutorial software development in Calculus in applets
(ii) Outreach/Public Lectures
(1) 4th & 5th Innovative STEM Conference Judge/Reviewer committee, 2012 & 2013
(2) Advisor of Mathematics & CS lecture at UMES, 2011 ~ present

(iii) Professional Service
- Membership: American Mathematical Society, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, Tsuami Society International
- Reviewer of Itnernational Journal of Science & Informatics (IJSI) and Precision Instrument and Mechanology (PIM).

(iv) Conferences organized or related subjects None

(e) Collaborators and other affiliations

W. He (University of Missouri-St. Louis), F. Lin (University of Maryland Eastern Shore), A. Chi (University of Maryland Eastern Shore), B. Li (Institute of Mathematics, Chinese Academy of Science), H. Wang (Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics).

Co-editors: None

Graduate Students (co)-advised: 2

Postdoctoral researchers mentored in the past five years: None

Thesis Advisor: Wenjie He (University of Missouri-St. Louis)

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Xianfang Tan Delaware County Community College

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Dr. Xianfang Tan is an assistant professor of Engineering Technology in the STEM division at Delaware County Community College. Her research interests include computer architecture, network-on-chip (ONoC), photonic/optical NoC etc.

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Game-Based-Learning is a powerful pedagogy that can effectively motivate and engage students to study. With specifically designed computer games, Game-Based Learning (GBL) can provide an enhanced learning experience to create an enjoyable and engage learning experience for students. And the emerging Virtual Reality (VR) technology in recent years can significantly further such learning experience promotion. In this paper we present our GBL practice in improving STEM education through the development and integration of VR based GBL modules into engineering curriculum. First, the lab safety training is identified for GBL module development and VR based objects matching is selected as game mode. Based on the feedback from students involved, the GBL module can effectively improve the learning experience for users, and the training on programing for developers. This work is part of an on-going project sponsored by the DoED, and more advance GBL modules with fascinating features will be produced.

Zhang, L., & Whiteley, B. E., & Sharma, D. K., & Dabipi, I. K., & Brown, W. L., & Zhu, W., & Tan, X. (2017, June), On the Exploration of Game-Based Learning in STEM Education with the Development and Application of Virtual Reality Course Modules Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28717

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