CellEnergy: Learning the scientific method with photosynthesis labs
Summary: Andamio Games is developing and field testing an approach to teaching photosynthesis, a particular challenge cited by many middle and high school life science teachers, that helps reinforce critical Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) practices.
Challenge: Providing a virtual lab environment that rewards real experimentation: students test different hypotheses, grasp the tricky concepts of dependent and independent variables, and can see what happens when an experimental design fails to produce usable data – a luxury not available in time constrained classrooms. The virtual lab capability is being integrated into FORGE, providing another form of interaction in the FORGE toolkit that users can incorporate into their interactive apps.
Results: This project has been supported by Phase I & II grants from the National Science Foundation. Classroom piloting in Spring of 2018, along with the first release of the app on the App Store. Classroom study to take place Fall of 2018 and final app (to include General Bio, AP and IB versions) to be published early in 2019.