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Kapp, Sebastian; Thees, Michael; Strzys, Martin P.; Beil, Fabian; Kuhn, Jochen; Amiraslanov, Orkhan; Javaheri, Hamraz; Lukowicz, Paul; Lauer, Frederik; Rheinländer, Carl; Wehn, Norbert – Physics Teacher, 2019
During the last decade the development of modern digital media such as smartphones and tablet computers has enabled new experimental possibilities in STEM education. Besides these now nearly ubiquitous devices, the fields of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) also made huge progress and reached education. In this paper we introduce an…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, High School Students, Computer Simulation
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de Jesus, V. L. B.; Pérez, C. A. C.; de Oliveira, A. L.; Sasaki, D. G. G. – Physics Education, 2019
Currently, the number of smartphones with an embedded gyroscope sensor has been increasing due games whose performance relies on 3D augmented reality. In general, teaching papers on the gyroscope sensor address very simple spatial configuration, where the fixed rotation axis coincides to the z-axis of the smartphone. This work presents five…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Motion, Teaching Methods
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Carrigan, James; Bodzin, Alec; Hammond, Thomas; Rutzmoser, Scott; Popejoy, Kate; Farina, William – Science Teacher, 2019
Mobile geospatial technologies enable high school students to engage in authentic scientific data collection and analysis that promote spatial-thinking and reasoning skills, as well as problem-solving in a school's local environment. We developed and implemented an Ecological Services investigation aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, High School Students, Disadvantaged Youth, Economically Disadvantaged
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Boyle, Julie – Physics Education, 2019
This paper presents exemplification of the ways in which teachers can incorporate the ideology of maker education into STEAM club activities. The intention is to showcase how science teachers can infuse making into their pedagogy and inject more creativity into the learning process, yet still link it to existing science curricula, more…
Descriptors: Secondary School Science, Science Instruction, STEM Education, Art Education
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Soares, A. A.; Reis, T. O. – Physics Education, 2019
Here we present an inexpensive proposal to experimentally study Faraday's law of induction. The experiment uses low-cost materials, a computer with a sound card and a smartphone, both running free software. A value proportional to the induced electromotive force is measured with the computer's sound card and the data related to the magnetic field…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Principles, Magnets, Energy
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Koh, Sam Boon Kiat; Fung, Fun Man – Journal of Chemical Education, 2018
A mobile application game has been adapted to teach students about laboratory instruments, glassware, apparatus, and techniques. The game was designed with reference to a popular icebreaker game, "Charades!", to ensure that it was easily accessible to students. Students will hold a mobile phone just above their forehead, which will then…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Laboratories, Laboratory Equipment, Telecommunications
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Harrison, Mark – Physics Education, 2018
Putting an electrical circuit within an inaccessible black box and asking pupils to deduce what wiring is contained within the box based solely on the circuit's behaviour is a simple teaching idea with a long history. Problems arise when trying to build enough physical black boxes to simulate a larger number of circuits within a typical school's…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Equipment, Electronics, Simulation
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Pleasants, Jacob – Science Teacher, 2018
In classroom science laboratories, unlike a real science laboratory, the teacher can guide students away from potential dead ends and toward data that are most likely to result in accurate conclusions. Sometimes, though, allowing students to pursue dead ends and to collect "bad" data can provide especially rich learning opportunities.…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Experiments, Science Laboratories, Laboratory Experiments
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Dolenc, Nathan; Cohen, Jonathan – Science Teacher, 2018
A Rube Goldberg device is a complicated, yet comically involved machine that performs a simple task such as closing a door, watering a plant, or typing a key on a keyboard. Creating one is an open-ended activity that challenges students to use prior knowledge, resourcefulness, investigatory skills, and imagination. This reverse engineering…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Engineering, Energy
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Chao, Jie; Xie, Charles; Massicotte, Joyce; Schimpf, Corey; Lockwood, Jeff; Huang, Xudong; Beaulieu, Craig – Science Teacher, 2018
As solar energy becomes increasingly affordable, many schools are considering installing new solar power systems. In this article, the authors present Solarize Your School, an engineering project that gives students the opportunity to design and evaluate solar power solutions for their own schools. This STEM project requires students to learn and…
Descriptors: Energy, Natural Resources, STEM Education, Student Projects
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Soto, Inia; Cambazoglu, Mustafa Kenal; Arnone, Robert; Kastler, Jessica; Parra, Sabrina – Science Teacher, 2018
Cruise planning may seem like an ordinary task for oceanographers, but it actually involves logical and strategic thinking, collaboration, and multidisciplinary work. The "Challenger" expedition, led by Charles Wyville Thomson from 1872 to 1876, was the first to be fully dedicated to understanding oceans (Rice et al. 1999) and was…
Descriptors: Oceanography, Science Instruction, Science Activities, Role Playing
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Shin, Dongjo; Smith, Ryan C.; Kim, Somin – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2018
Use a framework to evaluate a tool: Is it mathematically sound? Does it offer opportunities for student engagement with little distraction? Will it afford students the chance to develop their own ideas? This article provides a framework that teachers can use to evaluate technological tools. The authors evaluate two examples that are designed to…
Descriptors: Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Mathematics Instruction, Middle Schools
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Mac Fhionnlaoich, Niamh; Ibsen, Stuart; Serrano, Luis A.; Taylor, Alaric; Qi, Runzhang; Guldin, Stefan – Journal of Chemical Education, 2018
Thin-layer chromatography (TLC) is one of the basic analytical procedures in chemistry and allows the demonstration of various chemical principles in an educational setting. An often-overlooked aspect of TLC is the capability to quantify isolated target compounds in an unknown sample. Here, we present a suitable route to implement quantitative…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Chemistry, College Science, Undergraduate Study