My students need a Vernier Lab Quest kit to perform experiments outside the classroom.
Science and Engineering interest is best generated by real world hands-on activities. Students will design, build and perform experiments outside the classroom environment. Please consider this as a Chevron Classroom Challenge.
My students come from a very diverse background with only minimal experience with hands-on science activities that are not completely predefined.
They get very excited when their groups can explore a scientific principal of real world problems. My students are often surprised that theory and reality don't always match on the first effort.
Physics experiments can be preformed outside the classroom, but generally require electronic equipment which is mobile. It is the intent, when I have a full class set (10) of LabQuest data collection systems, to move student experiments outside the classroom. Currently,we have two LabQuest systems and are working on acquiring the additional 8. Students will collect real-world data and analyze the results on location and optimize their experiments. This will teach the students the importance to continually refine and question their experimental results.
Students are motivated by participating in hands-on activities.
With our current sophisticated workplace it is important that students use equipment that is similar to what they will see when they leave high-school. In almost all careers today data collection and processing is mobile. The LabQuest system will allow the students to leave the classroom to collect and analyze data without being tethered to the classroom computer
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