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Solaris One – A Serious Game for Thermodyanmics

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

NSF Grantees’ Poster Session

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Division Experimentation & Lab-Oriented Studies

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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24.1092.1 - 24.1092.8



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Ying Tang Rowan University

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Ying Tang received the B.S. and M.S. degrees from the Northeastern University, P. R. China, in 1996 and 1998, respectively, and Ph.D degree from New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ, in 2001. She is currently a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ. Her research interests include virtual reality and augmented reality, artificial intelligence, and modeling and scheduling of computer-integrated systems. Dr. Tang is very active in adapting and developing pedagogical methods and materials to enhance engineering education. Her most recent educational research includes the collaboration with Tennessee State University and local high schools to infuse cyber-infrastructure learning experience into the pre-engineering and technology-based classrooms, the collaboration with community colleges to develop interactive games in empowering students with engineering literacy and problem-solving, the integration of system-on-chip concepts across two year Engineering Science and four year ECE curricula, and the implementation of an educational innovation that demonstrates science and engineering principles using an aquarium. Her work has resulted in over 90 journal and conference papers and book chapters.

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Kauser Jahan Rowan University

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Kauser Jahan completed her Ph.D. studies in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis in 1993. She holds a B.S. degree in civil engineering from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology and an M.S.C.E. from the University of
Arkansas, Fayetteville. After completion of her graduate studies, she worked as an environmental engineer for the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP). Her research interests include bioremediation of contaminated groundwater and soils; the fate and transport of pollutants in the environment;biodegradation of industrial and municipal wastewaters; physicochemical treatment of water and
wastewater treatment; applied microbiology in environmental engineering. She is also active in K-12 STEM initiatives.

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Sachin Shetty Tennessee State University

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Sachin Shetty is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Tennessee State University. He received his Ph.D. degree in Modeling and Simulation from Old Dominion University in 2007 under the supervision of Prof. Min Song. His research interests lie at the intersection of computer networking, network security and machine learning. Recently, he has been working on security issues in cloud computing, cognitive radio networks, and wireless sensor networks. Over the years, he has secured funding over $3 million from NSF, AFOSR, DOE, DHS, TBR and local industry for research and educational innovations. He has authored and coauthored over 30 technical refereed and non-refereed papers in various conferences, international journal articles, book chapters in research and pedagogical techniques. He is the director of the Cyber Defense and Security Visualization Laboratory (

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Christopher Joseph Franzwa

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Solaris One – A Seriuos Game for ThermodyanmicsABSTRACTStagnating growth in our educational systems has piqued interests in alternative teachingmethods such as the inclusion of “serious games” into curricula. In response to those needs, aseries of educational games have been developed in accordance with pre-engineeringprograms such as Project Lead the Way (PLTW). The focus of development is in creating anengaging, educational environment by balancing fun and learning whilst meeting the standardsof commercial-level games and engineering and science curricula.In this paper, we present design and pedagogical methods, and the implementation of thosemethods, in a thermodynamics serious game, Solaris One that accommodates the integrationof game mechanics with learning. The instructional goal of this narrative game is todemonstrate the basic laws of thermodynamics and their applications in the real world.Instead of relying on dry representations of those topics to be just another lab, Solaris Onetakes a sci-fi approach where students take the task, as a power engineer, to go on adangerous expedition into space and to fix issues with a next-generation solar power plant.The space station, orbiting the earth, is attached to a rogue asteroid covered in solar panels.Due to a recent intense solar storm, the parabolic dish that gathers solar energy andtransforms it back to the earth becomes malfunctioning. In fact, the fuses have blown in thefuse box of the dish.The design focuses of the game are on narrative-learning synthesis, supplementing theplayer’s actions with feedback, and the development of a sufficient guidance system withoutcompromising the entertainment or education aspects of a game. The pedagogical focuses areon rich metacognitive strategies embedded in the game that further promote students improvedproblem-solving skills.The student learning outcomes of the game project include:  Enhanced understanding of thermodynamics laws  Strengthened problem-solving skills  Increased knowledge and skills of using games, simulation, modeling and collaborative learning tools

Tang, Y., & Jahan, K., & Shetty, S., & Franzwa, C. J. (2014, June), Solaris One – A Serious Game for Thermodyanmics Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--23025

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