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Physics Toolbox AR

* Physics Toolbox AR is also accessible as a mode in Physics Toolbox Sensor Suite in the main menu for both iOS and Android.

This app, designed to educate students in high school and higher education about 3-D magnetic fields, is funded by the Cyberlearning program of the National Science Foundation, grant NSF#1822728
This award was made to the American Modeling Teachers Association, with collaborations from Vieyra Software and Embodied Games
Learn about our development story in the following blogs and presentations that emanate from this project:
Futures of Education in AR and VR
A presentation by Don Balanzat, Arizona State University
January 23, 2020
Visualizing the Invisible: Viewing 3-D Magnetic Fields with Your Smartphone
Poster presented at the AAPT, Orlando, FL
January 20, 2020
Surrounded by Magnetic Fields 
A blog entry by Ann-Marie Pendrill, advisory board member
December 22, 2019
ARCore: Visualizing the Invisible
Presentation given at droidcon San Francisco, CA
November 26, 2019
Blog: Supporting Conceptual Understandings of Fields: A Review of the Research
September 14, 2019
ARKit: Visualizing the Invisible
Presentation given at iOSDevCon, McLean, VA
September 9, 2019
Blog: Flat-Earthers at Heart: Challenging Ideas about Magnetic Fields
July 4, 2019
Blog: Stepping into a New Dimension: Using Quaternions to See the Invisible
June 25, 2019

Blog: Visualizing Magnetic Fields in 3D

February 1, 2019

Blog: Building an AR Magnetic Field Visualizer--Vision and Challenges

December 17, 2018

Blog: Building an AR Magnetic Field Visualizer--Rationale

December 16, 2018

Blog: ARCore and ARKit Feature Sets Compared to Hamsters and DaVinci: How they see the world

October 20, 2018

Blog: Comparing Google ARCore and Apple ARKit

September 23, 2018

NSF Awards $382K for Research on Data Visualization with Physics Toolbox

July 19, 2018

Leadership & International Advisory Board

This funded project is also supported through guidance from an esteemed leadership team and international advisory board:

Colleen Megowan Romanowicz, Ph.D. (PI)

Sacramento, CA, USA

Dr. Colleen Megowan Romanowicz is a physics education researcher and Senior Fellow and prior Executive Officer of the American Modeling Teachers Association. She serves educational researcher on a number of project associated with computational and mathematical thinking.

Chrystian Vieyra, M.S. (co-PI)

Washington, DC, USA

Chrystian Vieyra is a software engineer, co-founder, and developer of Vieyra Software. 

Mina Johnson, Ph.D. (co-PI)

Tempe, AZ, USA

Dr. Mina Johnson is a cognitive psychologist and CEO of Embodied Games, a company that produces research- and gesture-based digital learning through play. Formerly, she started two other small businesses, including SMALLLab and NeuronFarm.

Rebecca Vieyra, M.A.S. (co-PI)

Washington, DC, USA

Rebecca Vieyra is co-founder of Vieyra Software, and was previously an award-winning high school physics teacher who was named an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow (2014-2015), a Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching (2013), and a National Board Certified Teacher (2010). She is currently a doctoral student in Science Education at the University of Maryland, and manages a STEM teacher education network for a major hemispheric diplomatic organization.

Ramon Lopez, Ph.D. (Senior Personnel)

Arlington, TX, USA

Dr. Ramon Lopez is a space weather scientist, physics education researcher, co-author of the Next Generation Science Standards, and professor at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Heidi Baumgartner Komkov (Graduate Student)

College Park, MD, USA

Heidi Baumgartner Komkov is a doctoral student in electrical and computer engineering at the University of Maryland. Previously, she co-founded OneTesla, a small business that sold hobby Tesla coil kits for learning.

Benjamin Xu (Software Developer)

Austin, TX, USA

Benjamin is a rising junior in at the University of Texas - Austin working toward a B.S. in Computer Science. Benjamin grew up in New York City and is a graduate of the prestigious Hunter College High School for intellectually gifted students.

Tyler Angert (Software Developer)

Cambridge, MA, USA

Tyler is a creative technologist and recent graduate from Harvard with a M.S. in Computer Science, where he focused on the intersection of education, design, and technology. Previously, Tyler has studied at Emory, and took part in research at Georgia Tech. Learn more about Tyler's work here.

Colleen Countryman, Ph.D. (Advisor)

Ithaca, NY, USA

Dr. Colleen Countryman is an assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Ithaca College in New York. She specializes in the assessment of educational technologies, such as smartphones in physics labs.

Alex Hornstein (Advisor)

Providence, RI, USA

Alex Hornstein is a computer scientist, 3D visualization expert, and an engineer. He is CTO and co-founder of Looking Glass Factory, a company that designs and sells desktop augmented reality display for 3D visualization (Holoplayer One) that does not require the use of any special glasses.

Eric Klopfer, Ph.D. (Advisor)

Cambridge, MA, USA

Dr. Eric Klopfer is an AR education researcher, professor, and Director of the Scheller Teacher Education Program and The Education Arcade at MIT. His research focuses on the development and use of mobile and web-delivered game platforms for science education.

Patricia White, M.A. (Advisor)

Manchester Township, NJ, USA

Patricia White is a high school physics teacher and former mechanical engineer. She is now a high school physics teacher at Manchester Township High School and Georgian Court University in New Jersey.

Arturo Marti, Ph.D. (Advisor)

Montevideo, Uruguay

Dr. Arturo Martí is professor of Physics at Universidad de la República (Uruguay). He completed his PhD in Physics from the Universitat de Barcelona in 1997. For many years his research interests were focused on traditional academic topics centered in fluids and nonlinear physics, but recently he has also become involved in science popularization programs, the organization of physics Olympiads and teacher training workshops. Recently, he is developing physics experiments using smartphones. Arturo is a member of SmarterPhysics.

Martin Monteiro, Ph.D. (Advisor)

Montevideo, Uruguay

Dr. Martín Monteiro is professor of physics and laboratory coordinator at the School of Engineering, Universidad ORT Uruguay in Montevideo, Uruguay. He is engaged in several initiatives to disseminate science, like blogs, workshops, outreach activities, the organization of physics and astronomy Olympiads, scientific photographic contests, among others. His main topics of interest are physics education, scientific art, history of science, physics toys, physics everywhere, Fermi problems and experimental and computational physics. In the last few years he has been developing physics experiments using new technologies like open-source hardware and smartphones. Martin is a member of SmarterPhysics.

Ann-Marie Pendrill, Ph.D. (Advisor)

Lund, Sweden

Dr. Ann-Marie Pendrill has a background in computational atomic physics. Since 2009 she is the director of the Swedish National resource centre for physics education at Lund university. She likes to use informal settings, including playgrounds and amusement parks for physics education, from preschool to university.

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