To share the wonders of the Deep Underground Science being done at the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF)with those online and to excite and engage them in the active learning of science.
vSURF is not to bring interested parties to an education outreach website
but rather to bring them to the Sanford Center for Science Education via the web;
providing the experience that you are there to people who can't
be there physically. vSURF will be, in part, an
organization of immersive virtual environments that allow visitors
to experience the various aspects of the underground laboratory.
This will include, but is not limited to, virtual tours
of the underground laboratory, virtual lab experiments utilizing
real data and educational games based on the science undertaken
at the Sanford Underground Lab and grounded in state and
national science education standards.
Beyond games and immersive virtual environments, vSURF also
comprises outreach and access for distance audiences of all sorts,
including K-12 students, teachers, university students and faculty
and researchers. vSURF will promote and link to on-site Sanford Underground Research Facility resources for tours, visits, and research experiences at the
science center and lab. Kiosks for vSURF can be located at science
centers across the state and nation. Coordination with science
centers will result in virtualization of physical displays and
activities, along with physical realization of virtual activities.
A crucial part of vSURF is to make it easy for scientists and
researchers to participate, interact, and share with the varied
audiences. Infrastructure, support and processes will be put in
place so that every experiment and researcher associated with the Sanford Center for Science Education can potentially
become part of vSURF.
Last updated on