We have been travelling the country delivering our Kiwrious Science Kits. We have connected with approximately 70 junior high school teachers via webinars and workshops to share how to use their Kiwrious Science Experience Kits.
Associate Professor Dawn Garbett, Director of Kiwrious, led the discussions on scientific inquiry working with the teachers to explore how the kits could best be used considering the emphasis on the Nature of Science in the curriculum changes.
Dawn commented “ Teachers need to teach about scientific inquiries explicitly — this is not something that the students will necessarily pick up for themselves unless we help them see that Science is a very special way of understanding the world.”
The teachers had the chance to use the Kiwrious Inquiry Editor and created their own inquiries using one of the six different Kiwrious sensors on offer.
They experienced first hand exploring normally unseen or invisible scientific phenomena, such as UV, light, or humidity with the sensors. It was great to see them so excited, asking questions and using the sensors in ways we hadn’t suggested.
The Christchurch teachers can be seen here taking measurements using the Kiwrious sensors.
“ I like that it’s going to get my students to start asking their own questions and having a way to easily answer their own questions …bringing in the language of science and critiquing others’ work” said Katie Legg, Oxford Area School.
Kiwrious uses interactive learning technology that makes doing science fun, relevant and engaging, this encourages students to design inquiries, make multiple observations, replicate others’ inquiries to share and discuss with their friends.
The supporting teaching resources are based on curriculum teaching guidelines, and designed to facilitate collaboration, discovery and learning.