Prototype Test #1 –
In June of 2012 we conducted two initial prototype tests with the goals of observing the effects of the materials on engagement, identity, conceptual learning, and prototype strengths and weaknesses.
Here are some of the findings
- The younger children (average age 5.5) had a limited prior knowledge of the ideas before the lesson; they came away with a basic understanding of the ideas and took greater risks during the post-tests in attempt to apply their new knowledge.
- While older students (average age 7.5) did not gain substantial new knowledge around the basic ideas of the lesson, they did understand and adopt more depth in the use of academic language of the topic, the synthesis of how the ideas worked, and the use of the reflection process, .
- Both age groups expressed that they liked the experiments the best, specifically when solving a problem.
- A substantial attitude change occurred in the children who wore the lab coats. They identified themselves as scientists and their subsequent behavior reflected that identity shift.
Below are some pictures from our field tests.