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Using Web Applets to Stimulate LearningA series of Web-based applets were developed to introduce students to a range of topics suitablefor high school physical science, chemistry and physics classrooms. The applets were motivatedby the authors’ National Science Foundation (NSF) grant award which focuses on the use ofComputer Aided Molecular Design (CAMD) for the design of new compounds for variousindustrial applications. At the heart of the CAMD approach, students must fundamentallyunderstand how data is reduced into correlations using linear and non-linear techniques and thata molecule’s structure endows it with its properties and hence functionality in variousapplications. As a way of introducing such concepts to high school students, the PI’s, incollaboration with a College-wide Research Experience for Teachers (RET) site, and a highschool teacher identified State mandated Science and Mathematics Standards that mapped tovarious skill sets required to learn and understand CAMD. These skills included understandinglinear correlations and the concept that structure implies property. Three applets were built andtested in the Fall of 2010, these included one for conducting generalized linear relationships, onespecialized for helping students to understand mass, volume and density and one to introducestudents to the concept of structure-property relationships. The design strategy and methodologyused is discussed as well as the architecture of the applets. Outcomes from the pilot test withhigh school students is also presented.
Biernacki, J. J., & Visco, D. P., & Thurber, E., & Pavlovsky, R. T. (2011, June), Using Web Applets to Stimulate Learning Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/18796
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