Last spring physics students in Shakopee did a project where they could choose the topic of study, the methods of investigation, and the product, as long as the project was an inquiry into the physics of the situation. Students investigated volleyball bumps, guitars, Nerf guns, and many other interesting situations, including the investigation into Ocarinas below.
Among other things, this student used a Vernier Microphone and LoggerPro to measure the frequenices generated when different holes were covered to then generate a model for how the holes affect the frequency, then utilized video editing software in conjuction with Youtube to convey her message. In short, technology access allowed her to learn science by doing science.
The secondary science team in Shakopee recently decided to forgo purchasing expensive textbooks in favor of using free resources on the web, such that we could invest in student technology for data collection. Overwhelming evidence (examples here and here) indicates that students learn best when first given opportunities to investigate and explore through inquiry. Shakopee science teachers have taken this to heart and are making significant strides to increase lab and exploratory time in science classes, enabled through technology. Shakopee students learn science by doing science!
Students in Chemistry perform titrations using Vernier data collection equipment.
A student in Environmental Ethics shows of some data.
Students in Chemistry explore computer simulations for microscopic events
6th grade students in the background perform an experiment and collect data using iPads while students in the forground complete a formative assessment.
7th grade students explore cells using iPads