Major

Adolescent to Young Adult - Chemistry / Earth Science

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Date of Graduation

Spring 2019

Abstract

The main goal of this paper is to analyze the use of virtual experiments and simulations within the science classroom. This analysis will be completed by first reviewing the learning theories in education. Then I will specifically analyze virtual experiments and how they are used in the science classroom. At the time of this study I had the privilege of completing my student teaching experience in a high school science classroom. This gave me the ability to have direct contact with students in order to observe their interest and engagement with simulations as well as their learning throughout the semester. I also took the opportunity to apply the strategies that will be explained within this paper. Lastly, I will discuss some of the challenges that come along with the use of virtual experiments and simulations.

Research Sponsor

Nidaa Makki

First Reader

Karen Plaster

Second Reader

Lynne Pachnowski

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