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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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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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Farrell, Ivan; Hamed, Kastro M. – Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, 2016
This article describes the use of project-based instruction in activities and labs intended to develop higher-order thinking skills with high school students and pre-service teachers through the use of soap making.
Descriptors: Active Learning, Student Projects, Teaching Methods, Preservice Teacher Education
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Woelk, Klaus – Journal of Chemical Education, 2015
In a classroom or take-home activity, students are challenged to write their name as a combination of chemical-element symbols and calculate "their" molar mass. Age-appropriate versions ranging from middle school to entry-level college classes are discussed. Acceptable molar-mass suggestions may be used in a competition for the heaviest…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Elementary Schools, Middle Schools
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Shultz, Ginger V.; Gere, Anne Ruggles – Journal of Chemical Education, 2015
Traditional methods for teaching the Lewis dot structure model emphasize rule-based learning and often neglect the purpose and function of the model. Thus, many students are unable to extend their understanding of molecular structures in new contexts. The assignment described here addresses this issue by asking students to read and write about the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Chemistry, Teaching Methods, Scientists
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Weeks, Andrea; Bachman, Beverly; Josway, Sarah; Laemmerzahl, Arndt F.; North, Brittany – American Biology Teacher, 2014
In order to challenge our undergraduate students' enduring misconception that plants, animals, and fungi must be "advanced" and that other eukaryotes traditionally called protists must be "primitive," we have developed a 24-hour take-home guided inquiry and investigation of live Physarum cultures. The experiment replicates…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Undergraduate Students, College Science, Misconceptions
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Figueira, Angela C. M.; Rocha, Joao B. T. – Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, 2014
This article presents a problem-based learning (PBL) approach to teaching elementary biochemistry to undergraduate students. The activity was based on "the foods we eat." It was used to engage students' curiosity and to initiate learning about a subject that could be used by the future teachers in the high school. The experimental…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, College Science, Biochemistry, Problem Based Learning
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Hobson, Art – Physics Teacher, 2011
I'll outline suggestions for teaching elementary particle physics, often called "high energy physics," in high school or introductory college courses for non-scientists or scientists. Some presentations of this topic simply list the various particles along with their properties, with little overarching structure. Such a laundry list approach is a…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Physics, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Wieman, C. E.; Adams, W. K.; Loeblein, P.; Perkins, K. K. – Physics Teacher, 2010
PhET Interactive Simulations (sims) are now being widely used in teaching physics and chemistry. Sims can be used in many different educational settings, including lecture, individual or small group inquiry activities, homework, and lab. Here we will highlight a few ways to use them in teaching, based on our research and experiences using them in…
Descriptors: High Schools, Physics, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science
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Eggen, Per-Odd – Journal of Chemical Education, 2009
This article describes the construction of an inexpensive, robust, and simple hydrogen electrode, as well as the use of this electrode to measure "standard" potentials. In the experiment described here the students can measure the reduction potentials of metal-metal ion pairs directly, without using a secondary reference electrode. Measurements…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Molecular Structure, Science Experiments, Science Instruction
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Wagner, Brian D. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2009
This article describes an interesting variation on the use of interactive anonymous quizzes (IAQs) in the chemistry classroom. In this variation, IAQs are used to introduce new material or topics in a course, as opposed to their traditional use for reviewing previously covered material. Two examples of IAQs used to introduce new topics in a…
Descriptors: Tests, Chemistry, Active Learning, Science Instruction
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Stewart, Arthur J.; Ryon, Michael G. – American Biology Teacher, 2003
Gill-breathing freshwater snails (Family "Pleuroceridae") are ecologically important, abundant in many streams in the United States, and easy to collect and maintain under classroom conditions. These snails can be used in classroom tests to demonstrate effects of pollutants on aquatic organisms. In more advanced classes, students can cage the…
Descriptors: Water Quality, Environmental Education, Field Tests, Earth Science