2002 Annual

Tuesday, 15 January 2002: 5:15 PM
What's new with Applets for Learning...and why?
Steve Ackerman, CIMSS/Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, WI; and T. Whittaker
Many students attending universities and colleges are non-science majors and avoid science courses because they hate science and fear math. These same institutions often require students to take science courses as part of their degree requirement. This breadth requirement is an important component of a studentís education as it broadens their understanding of the world and exposes them to viewing the world from a scientific perspective. Our goal as educators is to facilitate this process and to find methods to make science more comprehensible to those allergic to science.

Since our last report two years ago, we have continued to make progress in creating applets for education in the sciences. New applets include simulations of ideal worlds, making snowflakes, contrail formation, a barotropic model, and discovering traits in plants. These applets exploit the web as an effective teaching tool by engaging students in learning through doing. During these past two years, we have learned more about what works and what doesn't, and will discuss this as well.

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