Simulations in Physics class Simulations in Physics class

Author: Daniel Aguirre

Origin: SPAIN

Implemented in: Romania, Hungary and Slovakia

The main objective of this GP is to develop a didactic sequence where students learn about buoyancy, sinking concepts and the Archimedes principle using computer simulations. The lessons start with an experiment and discussion in order to provoke reflection and to try to challenge some of the misconceptions students have concerning these concepts. This GP is designed to combine lab work and simulations in order to learn Physics laws from various angles, without neglecting the concepts defined in the inquiry-based learning methodology. Students are confronted with computer simulations and real hands-on experiments, in order to stimulate their curiosity and provoke questions and predicted solutions before working on finding the answers themselves by doing real and virtual experiments. It is particularly important to connect the virtual experiments and simulations to real-world experiences as students will learn more if they can see that the knowledge is relevant to their everyday life.

Success stories

The teachers who implemented this GP were happy with the results of their students due to the combination of hands-on experiments and simulations, which allowed the students to compare the results and gain a better knowledge of Physics concepts. A Slovakian teacher mentioned that the students were highly motivated: “They joined in the work actively and also improved their study results in the given tasks”.

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The practice

Simulations in Physics class

The Moodle course

Simulations Physics class Moodle