Date of Award

2011

Document Type

Thesis

First Advisor

Graves, Corey

Abstract

There is a dire need for more STEM degrees in America. Recent studies have shown that there is a surge in motivating the youth in STEM areas of research. One key motivator is the use of pervasive computing concepts such as SMS/MMS messaging and social networking. Teens of today send text messages more than ever; in fact research shows that teens (ages 13 to 19) use cell phones to text far more than to actually make phone calls. Thus SMS/MMS messaging presents itself as an excellent segue into STEM motivation and education. Computational/visualization engines, with their broad application development capabilities, can be used as an excellent teaching tool at all levels simply by modifying applications to fit specific course material. Thus the UMSEE system was created.

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