Building a molecular workbench: underpinning core science concepts
Saturday, June 29 1:30 PM-2:30 PM
Presider:Peter Brusilovsky, University of Pittsburgh, United States
The Molecular Workbench project (http://www.concord.org/workbench/index.html), which is funded by the US National Science Foundation, is studying the effectiveness of using highly manipulable molecular dynamics models to enhance student learning. It facilitates learning through the use of guided inquiry about the connections between microscopic and macroscopic properties of materials. To this purpose we are creating atomic-scale models, several macro-scale simulations with interactive Flash applications, and are using an integrating language called Pedagogica. In collaboration with teachers, instructional materials using these tools are now being tested in a variety of middle and high school classrooms.