Students in the science kit program at the Borderland Science Academy in Arizona have been getting better at using the devices, but it’s not easy.
“It’s not that I’m not trying to do something, it’s just that I can’t really do it,” said Jordan McAllister, 16, a science kit user who has been studying physics since seventh grade.
“I have to learn to use the computer.”
McAllister has learned to use his smartphone and tablet to study the physics of how light bends around and around an object, which is why he was able to master his first trigonometry exam in two weeks.
“I don’t have a lot of motivation to actually do that anymore,” he said.
But that’s where the science kits come in.
The curriculum includes six labs and a few hands-on activities, and the students get free access to their own phones and tablets.
The kits come with a special app, so they can learn more quickly and quickly learn what they need to know.
The Science Kit Program is supported by the U.S. Department of Education, the U-M-B School of Engineering, and Arizona State University.