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 provide instant feedback screen-by screen. Students are presented with appropriate challenges for their mastery level and choices that build their intrinsic motivation to learn.
Scaffolding also allows students to progress at their own pace, wherever they’re learning. Penda has made it easy for students to see which activities they’ve mastered with a green, yellow and red progress reporting system. Students who have mastered concepts can choose to work ahead, while those who are struggling with a particular concept can repeat the activity or choose lower level activities on that same concept without the fear of embarrassment.
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)
Our school was blown away with Penda and all of the great activities, resources, and friendly competition it offers. The lesson and activities are aligned to our counties standards and follow our timeline, this will really help reinforce the standards being taught. Our teacher’s favorite part of the program was the inclusion of the levels of DOK. Students will have to demonstrate knowledge for the standards on all levels, what a great accountability piece! Everything a teacher would want in a program, is available through Penda.
Math & Science Coach, Cypress Elementary School, Osceola County Public Schools (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)