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The Virtual Design Center provides resources and guidelines for designing learning activities for scientific inquiry. The principles of the Virtual Design Center are based on contemporary educational research and guided by the experts of various disciplines.
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The three winners of the best research paper competition sponsored by the Virtual Design Center are available here. The center awarded three $1,500 prizes for most usable research paper for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. Check out the summaries (Kollar, Lee, and Owensby) of the papers.

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Register to take advantage of the Virtual Design Center facilitator's expertise.
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Explore the Virtual Design Center's underlying concepts essential to your understanding of its process and goal.
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These support the principles of the Virtual Design Center. You will be directed to read these throughout the six steps.
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This process takes you through six major steps to draft a scenario for an inquiry activity. Following these steps will help you to meet the NASA product review criteria using the best practices of teaching and learning for science education.
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