PhysicsKIT4STEM has as primary objective to strengthen the teaching skills of STEM educators by offering a hands-on approach to teach physics through DIY kits, electronics and programming, powered by a Raspberry Pi computer. At the same, the project aims to increase the interest of students towards sciences and address the issue of gender imbalance in STEM classrooms and encourage young girls to science and engineering subjects.
The main objective will be achieved through the following activities:
-Design and development of a curriculum for using the PhysicsKIT to teach students physics concepts such as motion and forces, gravity, vibration and electricity, through the creation of hands-on constructions, simple programming and physical computing;
-Elaborate a Glossary, explaining terms used in physics, programming, electronics and physical computing;
-Design and development of the PhysicsKIT powered by a Raspberry Pi single-board computer, complemented by sensors and electronics to simulate and experiment on physics phenomena along with a guide to build it;
– Lesson plans that will support the curriculum to build kits and use peripherals in an educational hands-on play approach;
-Prepare a Learning Motivation Environment for the delivery of the curriculum to teachers/educators and for skills retention purposes;
-Testing, validation and finalisation of the PhysicsKIT Back-pack and Educators Handbook and Resources;
-Support the final outcomes through a dedicated virtual space (PhysicKIT Club) providing access to all project results and infrastructure for supporting the growth of a community of adopters/practitioners/enthusiasts.