HP Project:Teaching and learning science

The University of the Western Cape, in partnership with Edit Microsystems, has been awarded the prestigious HP Catalyst Academy Grant to develop and implement a project to enhance “Teaching and learning of science through Inquiry based science learning centres”.
The grant funding will go towards the development of a mini course designed to help in‐service primary and secondary teachers labdisc and edit microdevelop skills in designing technology enhanced project‐based inquiry learning scenarios (PBIL) and applying them in school settings that have authentic or virtual science labs and evaluating their effectiveness – using a revolutionary mobile science laboratory and data logger from Globisens, the Labdisc.
During the course, participants will design a scenario for a science topic of their preference and apply it to science labs in rural and peri‐urban schools of the Western Cape, using the Labdisc.
The hand-sized Labdisc data logger, available from Edit Microsystems, is a single, cable-free device that acts as a complete Lab – replacing a big box of more than 20 individual items (data loggers, sensors, sensor cables and communication cables) with a single device, making it the ideal solution for this project.  The Labdisc has 5 different models, each with up to 15 built-in sensors, enabling science investigation in various fields including environmental science, physics, biology and chemistry.Watch an example of how the labdisc can be used in the real world by clicking on the video below:The Labdisc resolves the limitations of current data logging solutions for high school students, right up to university level science.  All built-in sensors are automatically tested and calibrated, saving hours of setup and calibration time.  Bluetooth wireless communication fully integrates with all key school technologies and appliances. Connecting to computers, netbooks, interactive white boards, and tablets, the system delivers increased mobility in a cable-free Lab environment.The Labdisc data analysis software includes functions for mathematic manipulations and export to spreadsheets, as well as some unique features including integration with Google Maps, markers, data annotation tools and sophisticated data analysis features. Using the software simulation module, students can compare mathematical simulation to real measurements done by the Labdisc sensors.

The Labdisc solution comes with 45 Activities which are all CAPS aligned and freely give a step-by-step guide to the introduction to the theory of each scientific concept.

For more information and to follow the progress of the project please like us on Facebookand for further info on the Labdisc, please visit our website:http://www.editmicro.co.za/globisenslabdiscproducts.html