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Press Release 13-031

International Team Targets Innovations in STEM Learning

U.S-Finnish collaboration through Science Across Virtual Institutes (SAVI) brings the strengths of each country to bear on improving science, technology, engineering and mathematics education in K-16 classrooms

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Science Across Virtual Institutes (SAVI) is a mechanism to foster and strengthen interaction among scientists, engineers and educators around the globe.

Credit: Electronic Visualization Laboratory, University of Illinois at Chicago


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International partners meet at an opening meeting at Stanford University in January 2013. Titled Innovations in Learning and Education, the collaboration encompasses eight different yet complementary projects, each with U.S. and Finnish team members, with funding from NSF, Tekes-- the Finnish Agency for Technology and Innovation--and the Academy of Finland.

Credit: Hiroo Kato, Pepperdine University


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The use of empathic and life-like avatars as cognitive tutors developed in the U.S. is central to a project that uses an online game developed in Finland to help elementary and middle-school students with fluent reading and deep comprehension of science texts.

Credit: Boulder Learning Technologies


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These projects together represent a combined U.S.-Finnish investment of about $4 million in grant awards under the Science Across Virtual Institutes (SAVI) effort.

Credit: National Science Foundation


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