Sensing Science through Modeling Matter

Sensing Science through Modeling Matter will develop and research a curriculum supporting early science learning of concepts involving matter and its changes. The project will pilot this curriculum with over 300 students at four sites in Indiana and four sites in Massachusetts and investigate student learning. The curriculum will include dynamic technology-based visualizations and model-based inquiry and help demonstrate the possibilities opened up when opportunities to learn about fundamental science concepts are provided at an early age.

The Sensing Science through Modeling Matter: Kindergarten Students’ Development of Understanding of Matter and Its Changes stands on a strong background of prior work and brings together an experienced and capable team, uniting researchers and developers from the Concord Consortium with researchers from Purdue University. The project targets an important and specific goal: to develop, research, and document an approach to building conceptual understanding of matter and its changes in kindergarten students. The project will reach this goal through a series of carefully targeted objectives:

  • Revise an existing curricular unit about matter for kindergarten-age students.
  • Design a parallel curricular unit incorporating technology.
  • Test both units for feasibility and maturation effects.
  • Iteratively revise and pilot the integrated unit.
  • Analyze and disseminate the results and curriculum widely.

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DRL-1621299. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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