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The goal of this Phase II Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) application was to adapt an advanced technology employed in biomedical research and practice—volumetric image processing and analysis (VIPA)—for science and mathematics education in formal secondary school settings.1 VIPA is used in biomedicine to display, model, and analyze volumetric data—typically imaging data that has been created by making two-dimensional digital “slices” of an object of interest—such as in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), functional MRI (fMRI), computed tomography (CT), and single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT). VIPA is also employed in non-biomedical disciplines where volumetric analyses are of interest, for instance, Earth science, engineering, hydrology, oceanography, and oil and gas exploration.

This Phase II project—entitled Volumetric Imaging for Science Instruction of an Open Nature (VISION)—created five e-labs designed to supplement high school biology, Advanced Placement (AP) anatomy and physiology, and AP biology instruction. The e-labs have been designed to involve students in discovery-based explorations of life science topics with authentic volumetric data provided by leading scientists.

1Information about the Phase I project is located here.

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