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 game-based 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 can be used for whole-class demonstrations, small group collaborative learning or independent exploration. Virtual simulations are a great tool to prompt scientific discussion and help students learn to communicate their ideas and reasoning as well as connect and build on prior knowledge.
DCPS' transition to distance learning has been an all-hands-on-deck process. Our four-year partnership with Penda Science has proven to be paramount in facilitating the 'switch' from classroom use of Penda to distance learning use. Penda Science has proven to be invaluable in helping our teachers maintain instruction and helping our students learn in a fun and engaging way.
Executive Director of Natural and Social Sciences, Duval 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)
For our high population of ESOL and below grade-level readers, Penda democratized access to science standards via scaffolding instruction and multi-representation of data and concepts.
Science Learning Specialist, Osceola County Public Schools (FL)