the tw1st education project provides relevant output for both education and science: for education teacher workshops, digital learning environments, labs and cognitive tools are developed. In addition, measurements instruments are being created and professional experimental research is performed.
the electricity lab
In the electricity lab students can experiment with electrical circuits. Here, students can learn about electrical current, power, power sources, electrical resistance, resistors, AC, and DC.
In the transportation lab students can experiment with transport of electrical energy. The goal in this lab is to design an effective, safe, and efficient energy transportation network. Here, students can learn about the effect of, among other things, material on the durability, costs, and safety of energy transportation.
In the 'Thales Motors'lab students can experiment with the Thales problem solving environment. It provides students with a wicked problem (i.e., a problem that has multiple possible solutions but no perfect solution): students have to design rules that will ensure that a max number of cars can pass without crashing. The cars enter at random speed and interval which creates an extra challenge. With a monte carlo simulation students can check the effectiveness of their rule(s).
This tool is designed to optimize students' collaboration skills. Because this project focusses on online collaboration the tool is designed to optimize students' communicationskills. This tool uses peer-feedback and reflection principles: students provide each other with feedback on a set of predefined criteria after which they will reflect upon their results together and define what has to change to optimize their communication and thus their collaboration.
Reflection on knowledge
This tool is designed to optimize students' reflection on knowledge. Students learn how to depict their knowledge in a conceptmap. After that their conceptmap is included in an aggregated conceptmap based on conceptmaps their peers created. This way students get insight in their knowledge in contrast to their peers' knowledge. Students' reflection on this visualisation is supported with a series of questions that will help them focus on the most important aspects.