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Dante Martinez ‘22

An aspiring digital artist and engineering student, Dante hopes to pursue a career in developing Virtual Reality applications for education.

Project Title: The Effect of Increasing Sensory Modalities on Retention Rates

This project compared the effectiveness of using Virtual Reality (VR) to teach cardiovascular physiology to that of traditional teaching methods. Students that studied using the VR lesson had significantly higher normalized learning gains and retained more information over a 4-week period than students that studied using the more traditional methods. These results suggest that (VR) is an effective teaching method and supports further development of educational software that utilizes this platform.

Awards and recognition: South Florida Science and Engineering Fair Regional Competition - Superior; State Science and Engineering Fair of Florida - Finalist; International Science and Engineering Fair - Finalist.
Project Title: The Effect of Tardigrades on Chlamydomonas nivalis Growth

Increasing densities of Malnesium tardiradum (tardigrades) were added to Chlamydomonas nivalis cultures, a green algae associated with increased glacial melting rates. Growth rates of the C. nivalis were monitored spectrophotometrically over the course of 7 days. The tardigrades significantly reduced the growth of the C. nivalis at all densities tested suggesting that these organisms could be effectively used to control algae populations.

Awards and recognition: South Florida Science and Engineering Fair Regional Competition - Superior; State Science and Engineering Fair of Florida – 4th place.
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