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iPad app helps students learn spatial visualization

Narrator:       This is Science Today. Engineers at the University of California, San Diego, have developed an iPad app that helps students learn spatial visualization, which is an essential skill for doing well in science, math and engineering. Nathan Delson, a lecturer at UC San Diego's Jacobs School of Engineering, explains that they wanted to make it much easier for students around the world to learn spatial visualization skills.

Delson:          And so we got the idea of using the iPad. By using a touchscreen, you can draw on the screen the objects that you're going to draw, you can interact with objects virtually. So, we've developed an app to help teach you spatial visualization, to help teach you sketching skills and one of the latest features we added is the ability to get automatic feedback. So, as soon as you click a submit button and you'll find out if you did it right or did it wrong. And if you did it wrong, you'll have a chance to get some hints or peek at the solution.

Narrator:       Delson hopes the app will be available to everyone next summer. For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.