The Efficacy of Scenario-Based Simulations for Middle and High School Science and Engineering
Abstract: The Water Awareness Research and Education-Research Experience for Teachers (WARE-RET) at the University of South Florida is a three-year, immersive opportunity for middle and high school in-service and pre-service math and science teachers, to participate in structured research, training, and professional development in the STEM fields. As part of the project, in-service and pre-service teachers collaborated with graduate students in engineering and instructional technology to develop scenario-based e-learning modules that bring the cutting-edge research experience to the middle and high school classrooms. The design and development process followed Successive Approximation Model and design-based research. Preliminary implementation results showed that the interactive scenario-based simulations and virtual labs were effective in engaging and helping middle and high school students learn science and engineering concepts and practices.