SMALLab Learning at TMS!

See SMALLab Learning at TMS in action!
SMALLab Learning

TMS received nearly $100,000 from the Champlin Foundations for the SMALLab project -- which supports Tiverton Middle School teachers and students in building science inquiry skills through embodied, mediated learning experiences. Physically, SMALLab (Situated Multimedia Arts Learning Laboratory) is a 15’W x 15’W x 12’H freestanding, interactive space. SMALLab is the type of student-centered learning environment that can improve learning and motivate students by opening new pathways to learning (think Nintendo DS and Wii!).

The goal of SMALLab+ is to raise student engagement and achievement in science. The funds were used to purchase a SMALLab and four mobile labs for science instruction (one laptop cart for each grade-level team of science teachers) designed for high-level authoring tools that allow students and teachers to create their own interactive learning scenarios for SMALLab. This kind of kinesthetic interactivity means students see, hear, and physically feel the experience. For instance, in a SMALLab, students can grab a wand, twist and shake it around, and learn things like physics and chemistry in the process.

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