According to Johnson, the students enjoyed the integrated, hands-on approach to learning science.

“They embraced the role of scientist as they observed land and water organisms in eco-towers and in an actual river and pond,” Johnson said. “They were excited to use their knowledge and understanding of electricity to build working flashlights and to wire a dollhouse.”

The project has had a positive impact on students’ learning as indicated by data.

“After using the Einstein Kits, data showed significant growth in students’ knowledge and in their attitude toward science,” said Carstens. “The students loved the hands-on, inquiry-based approach to learning science and the chance to work collaboratively with their peers. The exploratory approach to learning helped them think critically and develop a deeper understanding of the concepts.”

One of the students summed it up, “I like it because it makes you feel like you’re a real scientist and you’re doing experiments that scientists do.”

 

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Students working on Motion & Design Einstein Kit