Theresa Oehmke, PhD

2022 Seed Grant Awardee

Project Description

In the Flow

In an effort to disseminate important research and impact an increased number of learners, the Infiniscope Science Activation team is partnering with early career researchers (ECRs) to create STEAM learning experiences exploring the effectiveness of Infiniscope’s Tour It compared to other low-cost, more immersive options. The ECR PIs will build a virtual tour, a virtual reality space and an in-person embodied art experience to teach about fluids’ role in regulating and changing environments globally.

In the University of New Hampshire’s 72 meter long Flow Physics Facility (UNH-FPF) the ECRs will use lights, cameras, and smoke to create flow visualizations of greenhouse gas transport in the atmosphere. Through collaboration with Infiniscope and aligning the virtual learning experience with Next Generation Science Standards, lessons on the Tour It or other VR platforms can assist thousands of educators in teaching tens of thousands of learners asynchronously, providing an immersive scientific exploration of an engineering facility to students all over the US by reducing constraints related to time, money, and physical ability.

Target Audience Age


NASA Division


Grant Status

Learning Context

digital learning enabled

Digital Learning

Home and family enabled

Neighborhood /

Informal out of school disabled

Informal /
Out of School

Home and Families disabled

Home / Family

citizen science disabled

Citizen Science

formal education enabled

Formal Education


Dr. Theresa Oehmke's professional headshot.

I am looking forward to learning about different virtual platforms for education and how those can be best leveraged to reach the widest audience.

Dr. Theresa Oehmke In the Flow PI

Dr. Theresa Oehmke

In the Flow PI
Postdoctoral Diversity and Innovation Scholar
University of New Hampshire

I am a Postdoctoral Diversity and Innovation Scholar at the University of New Hampshire in Mechanical Engineering. My research focuses on multiphase and sinlge phase transport in turbulent environments.

SciAct Team

Infiniscope Description

Infiniscope is a NASA-funded project that is transforming Earth and space science education and empowering educators through the creation of high-quality adaptive digital learning experiences, educator professional development, a community of practice, creative tools for designing digital content, and a robust set of educator resources.

Dr. Ariel Anbar stands and faces the camera in a black dress shirt with his arms folded.

The Infiniscope project empowers educators and scientists to not only use the resources that our learning design team creates, but also to design and build their own learning experiences. This project will demonstrate how subject matter experts can use the Infiniscope tool, Tour It, to create their own virtual tour of a science and engineering facility, and then compare that virtual tour’s effectiveness to in-person, as well as more immersive options.

Dr. Ariel Anbar Infiniscope PI