The students at my school come from a low socioeconomic background, wherein 90% of them qualify for free or reduced-price meals. The population consists of mostly Hispanics, from countries like Cuba, Puerto Rico, Honduras, and several others.
As a teacher in a low-income community, I am trying to keep my students interested in the sciences by mixing the use of technology and hands-on, real life experiences.
Some of the students in my classes suffer from Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD), and/or are ESL students (English as a Second Language). Regardless of these challenges, my students are very determined to succeed in school and life.
Learning about force and motion which includes energy can be challenging with out the proper equipment. Online resources can only provide a limited amount of experience.
Using hands on tools like friction cars, tuning forks and electrical circuit switches can really enhance our understanding of energy and motion.
We need manipulatives so that all types of learners can be involved in the lab. Talking, reading a book, and even watching a video are great, but hand on learning really pushes retention of information. The friction cars show how different materials can speed up or slow down a car, tuning forks allow us to explore sound energy, and the toner cartridge allows us to print our recources.
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