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.
It’s rare that you implement a program and people are coming to you happy, saying ‘Oh my god, I can’t get the kids off of it!’
Principal, Aventura City of Excellence School (FL)
Not only does it supplement the Florida standards that are going to be assessed, but also the games and things. The kids really dig them. It’s served a lot of purposes for us.
Assistant Principal, Duval Charter Scholars Academy (FL)
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)
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)