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Science & Engineering

"The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." - William Arthur Ward

The Science behind the SMILE room.

You know when you go through a very happy or traumatic event you remember so much more than any ordinary day, you also remember events leading up to and after the event a lot more. We intend to use this emotional factor combined with weighted memory theory to teach pupils subjects in a completely new way. We are not going to traumatise the pupils, but we are going to try to give them STRONG experience’s when they use the SMILE room.

Imagine we are taking a class in to experience “Under the Ocean”, we can combine this experience with food to add a TOUCH and TASTE element to our weighted memory, but if we can then combine a strong emotional response as well we can reinforce the entire experience further. How can we do this? Very simply, if we have foods to try like, Prawns, mussels or crab, all still in their shells.. All of these items a lot of pupils will not have tried and will give them the “yuck” factor, but you are sure to have some who will try them and then others will follow and remember the experience. This can also be replicated with smells, while good smells add to the experience, STRONG distasteful ones can have an even greater impact, for example if doing a project on volcanos the use of the smell of sulphur should give a strong emotional response.

Grabbing the pupils interest.

Engaging and inspiring pupils in science and engineering by showing them how fun and exciting these subjects can be is our aim.

Primary school age pupils are desperate to perform experiments that are usually unsafe at this age or far too expensive to perform. If we use interactive 3D these experiments can be performed in a safe environment and on a much grander scale than is possible in real life.

“We’ve found that pupils respond well to being taught with the 3D projectors. The children are visibly more interested in what we are teaching. We use the projector primarily for Biology, but we expect our new software upgrades will widen this to Chemistry and Maths, as well as Key Stages 3, 4 and 5. The 3D projector is particularly effective for helping pupils follow difficult topics that are not easy to teach without a visual demonstration.” Claire Loveday." curriculum Leader for Biology at the Embrook School

Science & Engineering Content.

There is a lot of content already produced in the form of videos, 3D models and animations which we can bring to life in the SMILE room. But we also want to create our own with the help of the pupils, to do this we have looked at a lot of software packages and have found two that work well together. Using Sketchup pupils can produce their own 3D models that we can then import into IClone and animate. Using packages like these we can teach pupils how things react in 3 dimensional space, we can also produce 3D animations to help demonstrate scientific principles.

We have been looking at a company called E-Animations based in Hungary. They have allowed us to demo one of their products called Genom, which is a three dimensional touch screen system to currently show animals, plants and the human body, but is being developed further. This could be a great aid to helping pupils engage, comprehend and interact with subject matter, both in the SMILE room as well as the classroom. Imagine taking a three dimensional trip around the human body, controlled by the pupils themselves, or performing science experiments in space (OK not actually in space, but in a simulated space station) or dropping items into a volcano to see what happens, these are things we could never do for real.

The SMILE room has been designed to be as flexible as possible to be able to take full advantage of future technology and software without limiting ourselves.

 

Lab@Home - Geography Demo

Genom - Hummingbird Demo

Genom Content Demo

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