Penda’s online science activities combine the fun of a video game with evidence-based educational practices. Everything from the content delivery and question types to student interaction with the platform is designed to motivate and engage students so that they become immersed in learning. While as little as 30 minutes of using Penda per week has been shown to increase science achievement, most students want to play — and learn — for much longer than that.
Using Penda, students learn complex material through fun, carefully-designed activities that incorporate videos and PhET interactive simulations to help deepen learning through hands-on experimentation.
Students are presented with appropriate challenges for their mastery level and can progress at their own pace. The student dashboard empowers students to choose activities, retry activities to improve their scores, and work ahead once they’ve mastered an activity, building science knowledge and intrinsic motivation along the way.
Activities are auto-assigned to students based on your organizational progression calendar but educators can create an assign activities to individual students, small groups, and the whole class based on learning needs.
Only Penda provides a comprehensive learning experience from acquiring scientific knowledge to real-world application.
We quickly learned that Penda was the perfect solution for our lunch and learn sessions since it provided students with exposure to middle grades science content through a platform that genuinely engaged them in a personalized way, with minimal teacher facilitation. Students personally connected to their avatar and were excited by the challenge of competition between peers and/or other classes.
Middle School Science Supervisor, Hillsborough County Public Schools (FL)
Kids like it a lot. And what I like about it, we see that it caters to kids of all ability levels. So, the gamification really speaks to kids that struggle with reading, or other content areas, so the game keeps them engaged in the program and they’re learning science along the way. And our high achievers like the game aspects and are getting that content as well.
Supervisor of Federal Programs, Clay County School District (FL)
My Bio team absolutely loves Penda… even the students told me ‘thank you for Penda
Kathie McCart Blanco
Science Specialist, Alief Taylor High School (TX)
As soon as I started using Penda, not only were students motivated to do the Penda lessons, but they became interested in science all of a sudden.
Science Teacher, Aventura City of Excellence School (FL)