Founded in 2011, the Learning Transformation Research Group (LTRG) at Virginia Tech aims to significantly enhance the learning and teaching of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in K-12 curricula. LTRG consists of faculty members, graduate students, and undergraduate students from many disciplines.
|Osman Balci is Director of Mobile/Cloud Software Engineering Lab and Professor of Computer Science at Virginia Tech. His current areas of expertise center on iOS mobile/cloud software engineering, digital educational game engineering, modeling and simulation, and architecting software-based system of systems. Dr. Balci's current research focuses on developing mobile and cloud software applications and digital educational games for the purpose of improving the quality of learning STEM subjects in K-12 curricula.|
|Kirby Deater-Deckard is Professor and Director of Graduate Programs in Psychology at Virginia Tech, and Director of Virginia Tech Community Partners in Roanoke, Virginia. He studies biological and environmental influences on individual differences in social-emotional and cognitive development in childhood and adolescence. As part of this NSF GAMES project, Dr. Deater-Deckard is interested in building knowledge and applications that enhance student engagement and learning outcomes.|
|Anderson Norton is Associate Professor of Mathematics at Virginia Tech, where he teaches mathematics courses for future secondary school teachers. His research builds on Piaget's structuralism by building psychological models of students' mathematics, especially their fractions knowledge, algebraic reasoning, and conjecturing activity. Dr. Norton is interested in studying the mental actions necessary for meaningful mathematical engagement in various learning environments.|