Chile Raises the Nation’s Science Awareness with the Labdisc

Chile’s national science education trends have far greater ambitions than just producing tomorrow’s scientists, doctors and researchers. In fact the aim is to create a whole generation of citizens with a higher scientific consciousness and awareness of their surroundings. Based on this, the Chilean national curriculum requires technology that can support experiential learning that places science in a real-life context.

In this case study we learn about how the students of Reina de Suecia elementary school in the Maipú urban area of Santiago are motivated and excited to use the Labdisc, while teachers have found a solid channel to deliver inquiry-based learning approach and meet national standards.

Carla Lueiza, Science Educator Trainer worked with local teachers, Eduardo Chicahual and Mabel Dueñas to explore with 6th grade students the following activities in biology, physics, and environmental science: Sweat production, the greenhouse effect, variation of light intensity, heart rate and environmental changes within the school. The teachers found the Labdsic made it possible for students to quickly accept complicated science hypothesis and apply them in a process of scientific discovery.

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