More recently, Mike co-authored a new NSF grant proposal: Augmented Reality for Immersive Science Education (ARISE, DRK-12, $3M, 4 yrs). The project aims to investigate to potential use of augmented reality in the learning of middle school science. Mike co-authored the proposal, contributing to the PBL theoretical foundations and providing an extensive description of the curriculum to be developed. If funded, Mike would serve as Co-PI and the task leader responsible for all curriculum development and working with the software developers to integrate the augmented reality technology, interface, and capabilities into the curriculum. Mike would also help direct teacher professional learning for the project.
Mike has co-lead research and development of online learning. Through work originally funded by NASA, Mike designs and facilitates online learning courses in PBL for educators, incorporating the best practices for both online and face-to-face learning. From 2007-2009, Mike served as the co-director of student programs at CEISMC, where he oversaw the design and delivery of 30-40 annual K-12 academic enrichment programs.
Prior to CEISMC, Mike worked for 10 years as a researcher in the College of Computing at Georgia Tech on a PBL research project known as Learning By Design. The culmination of this was the publishing of the comprehensive middle school science textbook series Project-Based Inquiry Science (PBIS). The 15-book series provides three-years of project-based inquiry curriculum that employs engineering design solutions to everyday problems and questions, and has been adopted in states across the nation. Mike served as an author and lead developer for this project.