This project (funded by Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg foundation) is a collaboration between LETStudio, LinCS, three departments from the University of Gothenburg; the department of Education, Communication and Learning, the department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, the department of Applied Information Technologies and the Mikael Elias Teoretiska gymnasiet in Gothenburg and Malmö.
The project aims at inducting students (16‐19 years) into the concrete manners in which scientists work and research is carried out. In this activity students learn how to design and run experiments in environmental science with the help of a virtual environment. Virtual Marine Scientist is meant to offer a stimulating context for learning about experimental work with elements of cooperation and joint problem solving.
In this project the students take on the role of PhD students in a lab focusing on marine environmental issues. The students learn about the research field (climate change and ocean acidification), formulate a hypothesis and apply for funding. Then they design their own experiments, taking into account the constraints of time and budget. Students receive the data from their experiments, analyze them, and present their findings in the classroom.
The following research questions will be addressed in the empirical part: