Learning scientific concepts is just the start of students mastering science. Students need the opportunity to explore, question, test hypotheses, and see science in action in order to deepen their scientific knowledge. Penda has integrated the world renowned PhET virtual simulations into our interactive platform so students can engage with science like scientists.
With PhET virtual simulations, students can see electrons moving through a circuit, test the impact of gravity on a planet, and see what happens when atoms get large and unstable. Students can make predictions based on a science concept they’ve learned and then test it with an interactive virtual simulation. PhET makes it possible for students to explore, visualize and test the impact of their actions in ways that aren’t possible in a live lab.
Penda's engaging activities build students’ foundational knowledge of scientific concepts. PhET simulations deepen that knowledge by providing students with the opportunity to apply it and see how concepts actually play out in real life. Students can endlessly manipulate the PhET simulations to test hypotheses and immediately see what happens. This exploration and hands-on learning supports the 5E Model and helps students relate science to their personal experiences.
PhET simulations and data analysis tools are purposefully embedded in student activities to drive hands-on learning. These interactive activities are followed by directions and questions to evaluate and support learning.