Wave Hero teaches students about propagation of energy through a medium in the form of a wave. In particular, Wave Hero familiarizes students with key concepts such as transverse waves, compression waves, wavelength determination, velocity, frequency, mediums, resonance, and particle properties. These concepts are centered on K-12 academic standards in the Ohio Science Academic Content Standards and reinforced using visual hands-on demonstrations. Using Wave Hero, students can actually see how key parameters affect the wave and its medium.
The Learning and Quiz Phases: During the educational learning phase, students absorb new material through visual demonstration, interaction (hands on), or narration (self-typing text boxes). The principal purpose of this phase is to engage the students in active learning of the material. While this mode is reinforced by the other two, it is important that the material is presented in a fun and interesting fashion so that the student enjoys what would otherwise be a boring classroom-style lecture. The learning phase typically lasts a few minutes and is concluded by a graceful transition to the title screen or to the quiz phase.
The Song Phase: The song phase, or gig mode offers students the chance to play the virtual guitar through a song track in the style of the Guitar Hero video game. It is designed to be the most fun phase of the video game. During this phase, notes and chords appear on the musical score board. The students then play the corresponding notes to follow the song. The student plays these chords using the keyboard to control the fret buttons of the guitar and the mouse to strum the guitar strings. Sections of music that were missed during the quiz phase, are intentionally left blank while a message is displayed motivating the student to re-learn the missed material.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0538588. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.