Students of the NASA-funded afterschool NOVAS program in collaboration with Hi-Impact Consultancy in the UK recently launched a Labdisc with a high altitude weather balloon to the edge of space. The students' mission was to take pictures of Earth from space.
The SAILS (Strategies for Assessing Inquiry Learning in Science) project is an international initiative aimed at developing new methods for assessing the skills of students engaged in inquiry based science activities. The project is has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Program for research technological development and demonstration.
As part of the prestigious Plan Ceibal, the project leaders also looked to improve science education from elementary school right through to University. Here a solution was required that could offer more sophisticated science functionality, while still be intuitive and robust enough for very young science students.
Christopher Maxwell, STEM Product Manager at Edit Microsystems visited a rural South African school where 800 students must share a single science lab equipped with 11 computers. The school invited Mr. Maxwell to provide 11th grade learners, struggling with complicated science concepts, with some Labdisc inspiration. Mr.
Middle school students from the "Get Real Environmental Action Camp" use the DataHub at Ontario Beach Park to test their lake water for bacteria. Aided by University of Rochester Chemistry and Biology graduate students, the 6th and 7th graders made a hypothesis about the water health at their local beach.