Animation and Visualization Tools: From Undergraduate Projects to Pedagogical Aids

  • David J. Russomanno
  • J. Caleb Goodwin


Animation and visualization tools are being designed, implemented, and maintained primarily by undergraduate students at The University of Memphis as part of an interdisciplinary data visualization course established via an NSF/CCLI grant. Currently, the tools consist of modules in projectile motion, conservation of momentum, and elementary airplane dynamics, as well as tools for visualizing large medical domain data. Students are involved in a requirements elicitation process, with input provided by high-school teachers, to develop applications that may have pedagogical utility in high schools in the Mid-South area. Teachers are using the tools in the classroom and acquiring data to assess the tools effectiveness as pedagogical aids, while undergraduate students are receiving feedback regarding their software designs.