GRASP (GestuRe Augmented Simulations for supporting exPlanations) is a NSF-funded collaboration between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Concord Consortium. The goal of this project is to understand the role that gestures play in reasoning about critical concepts in science. Specifically we are working with middle school students to help us understand how moving their hands can help them explain things such as what causes air pressure and why we have seasons. We are also creating new computer simulations that can respond to students’ gestures and allow students to become part of the simulation! We believe that this “hands in” approach to learning will provide new opportunities for students to learn complex ideas and construct new explanations. Go here to learn more about this project.