The Kiwrious Team recently visited a Year 9 science class at Baradene College of the Sacred Heart, Auckland, to trial their Kiwrious Science Experience prototype.
The students had lots of fun measuring the VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds — or smell) of various things in and around their classroom. Such as; Star Jasmine plants in the garden (see image); the recycle bins; cleaning products, and the odour of the garlic pizza bread cooking in the school kitchen.
Three other sensors allowed them to also measure humidity, conductivity, and UV/Light.
Kat Graaf, Head of Biology, has been working with the Kiwrious Team to test and develop the Science Experience towards their official launch in 2021.
“We are looking to introduce more fun ways of learning that are inquiry based and exploratory, so the students ask questions out of their learning” said Ms Graaf.
“We hope the platform helps drive teachable moments. We want it to connect students with one another so that they can learn together. The culture of Baradene supports students’ love of learning, and they enjoyed the sensors and posting their data, it was great to see the buzz in the classroom” said Dr Dawn Garbett.
The Kiwrious Team would like to thank Baradene’s teachers and students in supporting them in their social mission to foster a scientifically literate generation by giving Kiwi Kids access to their Kiwrious Science Experience. The feedback and observations from the trial is invaluable.